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Meet Andy Romanoff

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andy Romanoff.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Andy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Well, the beginning was messy and filled with trouble but through all those years I always came back to photography. I started young and got old along the way so now I’ve been a photographer for sixty years!  A few years back I took up writing as well and now I write for a French photography website and on I worked in Hollywood for many years as a cinematographer, camera operator, a technologist and an executive but I was also a member of the Hog Farm commune, a biker, and wandered far from any reasonable career path. Each time I did I was lucky enough to find my way back. I lived a lot of stories and nowadays I write about them and I make pictures about the world that I loved; old cars and motorcycles, back roads and small towns along the way.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Challenges? I made them for myself. I went to five high schools, got thrown out of all of them. Then there were the years of drugs and trouble, a few arrests and a lot of narrow escapes. And then, around forty, I pulled it all together, turned my life around and went on to a sucessful career in films and a fine and loving family. I am the original lucky man. Nowadays, I write about all of thatat Stories I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I make pictures. I always have. My work over the last ten years has included a large scale exploration of the Pacific Design Center where I had a six month residency and photographed every aspect of the buildings, including the people and the life that happens there. Then I began a project called 15,000 Buddhas, a kalidescopic view of sacred imagery from many faiths around the world.  Both of these projects had multiple gallery shows and recognition. Right now, I am working on two projects, one, making portraits of vintage motorcycles and the other about two lane roads and the towns that are connected by them.  Work from that series is currently featured in a show at the La Quinta Museum called Road Trip Route 66.  I also write about my life stories about things that happened along the way. For better or worse, my point of view is my own, honed by years of life and business and adventures.Some of the places you can see my work are: — pictures — general stories and memoir — stories and reviews I write for a French daily publication on photography and the gallery and museum scene

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
It’s been a long life. Some of them are:

The day I became a member of the motion picture academy.

The day I became an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers.

The day I became EVP, Technical Marketing and Strategy for Panavision International.

The day I put that all aside to pursue my own vision as an artist.

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