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Meet Venice Photographer: John DeCindis

Today we’d like to introduce you to John DeCindis.

John DeCindis graduated from Penn State with a BSLA in Landscape Architecture. What really grew out of John’s time at Penn State was a love of photography.

After a year in Boston working for the Landscape Architecture firm of Jewell and Robinson, John decided to devote all his time to photography in his daylight hours and be a bartender by night. In 1970 The Polaroid Gallery at M.I.T. presented a solo show of hid black and white photography.

With his reputation growing, John was offered a teaching position at the Tucson Museum of Art School and he moved to Tucson. He soon discovered that Tucson was a have for talented artisans: sculptors, potters , glass blowers and woodworkers, all of whom needed photography of a caliber that would help them sell their products. John took the opportunity to learn the craft of commercial photography, taking a wide variety of editorial, dance, fashion and architectural assignments.

In 1988, with more and more fashion work coming his way, John left Tucson for Los Angeles. He realized that digital was finally surpassing film and he “jumped in” to digital. Today he continues to specialize in fashion, bringing a remarkable depth of experience to catalogues, look books and websites for a variety of clients, i.e. Eva Varro, Chaudry, Komarov, Karen Kane, B. Boston, Sisters, Trouble at the Mill, Jude and more.

Has it been a smooth road?
Fashion can be a fickle industry. The hardest part is getting new clients, keeping them and always looking for new clients.

What are your plans for the future?
My future plans are simple. Keep On Shooting.

Let’s dig a little deeper into your story. What was the hardest time you’ve had?
I have been a photog for 40 years. The first 10 years all I was interested in shooting was black / white fine art-photojournalism . The hardest time for me was when I realized that the only way I was going to make a living as shooting commercial work. For a long time, I felt that I had sold my soul. Now I have learned to do my best, regardless

Do you ever feel like “Wow, I’ve arrived” or “I’ve made it” or do you feel like the bulk of the story is still unwritten?
My wow moments are when a great photo is created by being in the right place at the right time.

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Image Credit:
John DeCindis


  1. joe glasgow

    November 13, 2016 at 13:12

    Great journey, John.
    Congratulations for all that you have accomplished.

  2. kathy vilim

    November 15, 2016 at 20:10

    Looks like an amazing journey, photographing beauty in Venice, CA!

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