Building photographs is how I like to describe my process of making photographs. I believe that you can take a lot of photographs and hope that you will get something great or that you can take a little time to conceptualize and plan and use your understanding of the photographic process to build an image that serves the purpose you want. The purpose maybe to fasinate or astround, it may be to communicate an idea or to evoke an emotional response. As a commercial photographer I learned that most great images like most things in our world do have a purpose. Taking time to figure out what and how you want to communicate something can only result in you making a better image. I also believe that a great photo is more than what strikes the eye, is also what strike the heart.
Jerry Taliaferro was born in the small southern town of Brownsville, Tennessee. After graduating high school in May 1972, he joined the Army. Almost a year later he entered the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated four years later as a member of the Class of 1977. His real interest in photography began when he was posted to Fort Bragg, North Carolina for the Special Forces Officers Course in 1981. While serving in Germany, his interest photography continued to grow and in 1985 he was published for the first time when a Munich magazine purchased the rights to one of his images.
After returning to the United States in the Summer of 1985, Jerry began doing assignments for advertising and design firms. In July 1988, he left the military and began his pursuit of a career in commercial photography.
Over the ensuing years, his interest turned more to fine art photography. This change in direction has resulted in several projects and published pieces. His one-man exhibition Women Of A New Tribe premiered at the Afro-American Cultural Center in Charlotte NC on 14 June 2002 and is now a travelling exhibit.
Jerry Taliaferro currently resides with his wife Debra in Charlotte, NC and maybe contacted via E-mail: email@example.com.