A lifelong Bucks County, Pennsylvania, resident, Joseph Zogorski has been seriously involved with photography for over a decade and is a graduate of Temple University and Maine Media Workshops. His photograph of World War II-era veterans at the Michener Museum’s Tuskegee Airmen Presentation was awarded first place at Canal Frame Crafts’, Vision of Hope juried exhibition. Joseph’s photographs of musicians, dancers and actors have been used on numerous websites and on IMDb, and his prints are in several private collections. In recent years, after photographing and writing about musicians and arts-related topics for a local newspaper, Joseph has returned to an early passion: the special landscape of this region.
Combining traditional black and white photography and years of print-making experience, Joseph has produced a portfolio of toned, archival, black and white prints often depicting ephemeral and symbolic scenes- many presenting themselves during years in which several family members and friends passed away. They reflect deep and abiding feelings for lives which came before, as well as for the enduring beauty and mystery of the land.
Often, of particular focus for Joseph are the remaining undeveloped tracts and occasional artifacts of the once largely rural area where he grew up, as did his father and where his paternal grandparents settled after emigrating from Europe over a century ago. Theirs were lives filled with hard work and challenges, but family, work ethic, and the simple pleasures of living and growing up in that era, along with the relative bounty provided by their small farm helped shape and sustain them. Memories and the land provide rich inspiration for Joseph’s photography, often reflecting his sense of the fleeting and the eternal.