As a photographer, I capture memories...memories of travel, animals, special events and, most importantly, people...especially my three "off-the-charts" photogenic grandchildren. My photography is infused with strong personal connections.
In terms of educational background, I have a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Case-Western Reserve University and an M.Ed. in Special Education for the Blind and Visually Impaired from the University of Pittsburgh. This educational background has informed my photographic interests in both people and places.
My photographic style and preferences are topically varied...including images of the Israelite Samaritans on the West Bank (Palestine), modern dancers in Cuba, exotic birds in Florida, jukeboxes in Las Vegas and ethnically diverse people from around the world. Images are typically shot in traditional color, though at times, I post-process in black and white. Periodically, I shoot with slow shutter speeds, occasionally while zooming in and/or rotating my camera. To see a sampling of my photography, go to www.flickr.com/photos/dlazar1090/albums.
My first solo show was entitled The Israelite Samaritans and the Festival of Unleavened Bread: Photography by Dale Lazar and contained 42 photographs. This exhibition took place in 2015 at the American Jewish Museum in the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pitttsburgh. For more information on the Israelite Samaritans, go to www.daleslazarphotography.com.
My photography has been accepted to juried exhibions: the Pittsburgh Society of Artists (Pittsburgh, PA), the Silver Eye Center for Photography (Pittsburgh, PA), Valley Art Center (Chagrin Falls, OH) and the Cleveland Print Room (Cleveland, OH). In addition, I serve as the sole staff photographer, on a volunteer basis, for the World Union for Progressive Judaism.
When not making photos, not traveling with my wife, Lynn, and not spending time with my grandchildren, I own and manage a business, H. Lazar & Son, Inc., (www.hlazarandson.com) that provides jukeboxes, pool tables, electronic dart games, ATMs, etc. to bars and restaurants throughout southwestern PA. In 2011, I received the prestigious Play Meter Magazine "Operator of the Year" award.
In 2012, I founded the Juke Box Memories Project (www.jukeboxmemoriesproject.org). Its mission is to provide jukeboxes to dementia units in nursing homes throughout the United States.
I look forward to capturing and sharing more photographic memories with family, friends, the arts community and the general public.