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Master photographer addresses club

September 7, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio - The Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club hosted award-winning Master Photographer Jay Stock for the club's August workshop.

Stock is from Martins Ferry, Ohio.

Stock's photography career began at age 18 while he was in the Army and photography became a hobby. After the military, he attended the Progressive School of Photography in New Haven, Conn. Upon finishing his schooling, he returned to Martins Ferry and to his former work in a coal mine to support his family. At night, he had a photo studio in his home, using the living room as his camera room and the kitchen as his darkroom. As his business grew, he opened a studio.

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MASTER PHOTOGRAPHER — Master Photographer Jay Stock of Martins Ferry, Ohio recently gave a presentation to the Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club for its August workshop meeting at Two Ridges Presbyterian Church hall in Wintersville, Ohio. On the table beside Stock are examples of his photographs that he showed the club, which were printed on canvas. Stock is holding one of his books called “Visions of Native American Heritage.” -- Contributed

At 89 years old, Stock is still an active photographer and has a studio and gallery in Martins Ferry. He uses only a film camera with large format negatives and still prints many of his own pictures. He prefers a special paper, which he orders from Europe because it is no longer available in the U.S.

Stock has taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, North Carolina University, Hallmark School of Photography and the United Kingdom British Guild of Photography as well as other international institutions.

Stock shared with the camera club some tips for improving picture-taking such as: using the manual setting on the camera more often as adjusting the F stop and shutter speed; determining whether one wants to put the focus on the front, middle or back of the picture; horizontal pictures appear more peaceful than vertical pictures; try to take the kind of pictures that nobody else is taking; and always seek to expand one's skills.

Stock told the club he uses a number of mini spot lights for his portraits. He suggested other lighting that can produce unique effects such as a table lamp or natural window light. He displayed various pictures which gave examples of the different lighting. For the presentation, Stock brought many of his pictures to show the camera club members. There were many pictures of Native Americans from various tribes in their traditional garb. Stock said he started photographing Native Americans 60 years ago and the cultures have changed so much that the scenes would be very different now. Stock brought with him his related book, "Visions of Native American Heritage." After the presentation, members had a chance to review the book individually.

Stock also photographed tribes in Haiti, the people of Africa, various cultures around the world and people of various religions in their traditional settings. He photographed many scenes from the Amish community and made a calendar for the Amish, which they enjoyed. He showed the club the calendar.

Stock showed many portraits, including those of children, and photos featuring heavy industry, including strip mining. He has published a book featuring pictures of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. he took in the 1980s.

Stock the club that he loved the European impressionist painters, so he went to France to study impressionism and found a way to apply those techniques to his photography using a special diffusing lens. He showed the club examples and "Inspirational Impressionistic Images," wherein he collected many images.

Stock became the first photographer to exhibit his works at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. in 1975. A portion of the exhibit went on display at the White House. Stock is a member of the Photographers Hall of Fame, was awarded Master Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees from the Professional Photographers of America and its Professional Photographers National Service Award. He is a fellow of the American Society of Professional Photographers, the British Institute of Professional Photography and British Royal Society of Arts.

Stock will hold an exhibit Oct. 11-Nov. 9 at the Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling. He will have a reception from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 14, where his newest book, "The Wonderment of Creative Vision" will be featured.

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