Charles Callaghan, freelance photographer, was born in “America’s Heartland”. His interest in photography began at age 12 while traveling and living overseas with his family. After traveling throughout Europe and Asia, Charles settled in eastern Pennsylvania, received a BA in photojournalism from Penn State University in 1978 and began his professional freelance career in the Philadelphia area where he resides today.
Charles’ work encompasses three areas of concentration… images of industry and its workforce, images of architecture and black and white images from the early traditions of the photographic medium.
Charles specializes in corporate industrial location photography. His work has taken him to 49 states and 15 countries. The industrial engine that drives our world, and the workforce responsible for keeping it running, fascinates him. Those who work to create materials to construct our buildings, fuel our transportation and keep our lives moving forward, often take risks that are dangerous and thankless. Documenting their experiences helps to show their reality as well as Charles’ respect and admiration for their work.
A second, and equally important, specialty is the photography of architecture. Charles has received 11 awards for his architectural photography. In addition, he was honored to be commissioned for a two-year project that culminated in an exhibition of his hometown’s historic buildings. Seeing architectural perspective, then revealing its dynamic angle and form, is what allows him to share the creative achievement found in design and construction.
Charles’ black and white photographs express his ongoing interest in the creative process. The great works of the early masters such as Ansel Adams, Paul Strand, Eugene Smith and Lewis Hine, to name a few, continue to motivate and inspire him.
“My challenge when on assignment is to communicate my clients’ visual thoughts, to further their ideas and to deliver consistent quality results. I look forward to this challenge and the opportunity to discuss and share your next idea.”
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