Born and raised in New York City,
Shelly Katz sold his first pictures to the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS at the
age of twelve, and since then, his photos have been published
world-wide, he has received numerous awards, and has lectured on
college campuses and to civic and professional groups throughout the
In the course of his career, he
worked on the last issue of LIFE magazine when it was a weekly,
served as a contributing photographer to PEOPLE WEEKLY magazine when
it was founded and has served as a contract photographer for TIME
magazine. He is also a veteran of several DAY IN THE LIFE projects
(both as a photographer and editor) and is part of the global network
of photographers represented by GAMMA-LIAISON agency.
After growing up in New York City,
Katz joined the U.S. Air Force in 1961 and spent four years as a
military photographer. His final assignment was chief photographer
for the Audio-Visual section of the Air Force Academy, Colorado. Upon
completion of his tour of duty in 1965, Katz elected to settle in
Dallas, Texas, where he continues to maintain his headquarters and
works as a contributing photographer for TIME, in addition to
shooting for commercial and other editorial clients. Throughout the
year he travels extensively on assignments ranging from
sports-action, to glamour photography, to industrial environments, to
He has covered every major U.S.
Presidential candidate since 1959, National Political Conventions,
Inaugurations of the Presidents of the U.S., Football Super Bowls,
Oil Fields on the North Slope of Alaska, Turmoil in the Middle East,
the Banana Plantations of Costa Rica, Coal Mines in Utah, Wars,
Riots, Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Volcano Eruptions, Hollywood Starlets
and Benji. Additionally, he has served as a special advisor on
photography to the U.S. astronauts at the request of the NATIONAL
AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION.
Beginning with the introduction of
the personal computer in 1980, Katz turned some of his attention to
merging the new electronic technology with photography, and since
then has worked closely with various manufacturers in developing
electronic photo gathering systems as well as consulting with ABC-TV,
CBS-TV and SHOWTIME NETWORK.
He has served as the Director of
Photography for the NATIONAL PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSOCIATION
Electronic Photojournalism Workshops in Tempe, Arizona, and
Williamsburg, Virginia and additionally as the NPPA Electronics
Projects Chairman as well as on the Technology Committee for the
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHERS.
As a spokesman for photojournalists,
Katz has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the FREEDOM
OF INFORMATION FOUNDATION OF TEXAS. He is currently serving on the
Professional Advisory Council for the Journalism Department of the
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS, and as a founding Vice-President on the
Board of Directors of the WORLD-WIDE PUBLISHING CONSORTIUM.
Shelly Katz can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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