Gary L. Friedman is a professional photographer who has traveled the world with his cameras and runs the stock image website FriedmanArchives.com. He has also written several highly-acclaimed e-books on digital imaging, all aimed at demystifying the complexities of digital cameras. His photography and writing has been published in magazines, newspapers, and books worldwide, and he is associate editor of CameraCraft magazine, the antithesis of your typical photo magazine (which you can subscribe to here.) He was also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for building the world's smallest telephone way back in 1980 (before cell phones or cordless phones were around).
Before graduating to photography he was a rocket scientist for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he patented the image authentication system now used in high-end digital cameras from Canon and Nikon, and published the book "Control the World with HP-IL", a technical book showing how to interface Hewlett Packard handheld calculators (like the HP-41C and HP-71B; the most powerful handheld computers on earth at the time) to the outside world.
Frustrated with the inability to commercialize his patents, he left JPL after 10 years to learn how to run a business. He founded E2 Solutions (www.E2Solutions.com), an Information Technology Consulting firm and grew it from 1 person and 1 telephone to a $10M/yr firm and 22 employees within three years. A tour of duty with a dot-com followed. We all know what happened after that. :-)
Gary's best-known works are the 1988 "Peace Child in Latvia", a photojournalistic documentary about a historic exchange between Soviet and American high-school student back in the days of the cold war, and his 2003 China Blog about his adventures teaching English in China.
Gary keeps busy now with photo assignments, image licensing, writing books, and acting as a distributor for a most unique musical instrument called a Xaphoon. In his spare time (Ha!) he is traveling the world offering highly-acclaimed photography seminars to any photo club that wants it. He can be reached at Gary@FriedmanArchives.com.
What makes you passionate about helping Hearts for Hue?
I grew up during the Vietnam war, and I'm aware of the toll the war took on this country. In my quest to give back I'm happy to work in the area hit hardest by the war, and to this day is still in need of basic assistance.
How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them?
I've done projects that document important work in an effort to "get the word out". (Example: http://friedmanarchives.com/Latvia/PCLatvia.htm ). I have been telling stories through photography for more than 30 years and I based on all I've learned the story of all the good this NGO is doing needs to be told.
What message would you like to send to your supporters?
You can make a difference to help support this important work, and demonstrate to the world the importance of NGO's, which often succeed where governments fail.