Meet Sheila and Sam Finkelstein
in 1960, Sam and I lived our lives out of a passion
for family (which includes four grandchildren), friends, art, nature
and discovery. Both from Philadelphia, PA, we met on a blind date
and were married 4 1/2 months later. We started our life together
in Queens, NY, where our two sons, Joe and Rob, were born. We moved
to our first home in Old Bridge, NJ, in 1965 and lived there for
37 years. Our home was backed by woods, an important environment
for us. Goldfinches, chickadees and nuthatches on our deck off the
kitchen provide year-round pleasure. Hummingbirds are a highlight
in the Summer.
Read more about Sheila in an INTERVIEW in SAN MARCO MATTERS, a monthly newsletter.
Sam Finkelstein, after being graduated from Central High School (193rd Class), chose Textile Engineering as his chosen profession, enrolling in Philadelphia Textile Institute (now Philadelphia University). While there, he developed a keen interest in photography, taking countless photographs utilizing the beautiful P.T.I. campus as his favorite background. In the summer of his Junior year, carrying 3 cameras around his neck, he took a 6-week trip throughout the U.S. Many of the photos from that trip became the core of his future work.
He was graduated from P.T.I. in 1954 and entered the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He was sent to the U.S. Army Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany, and was fortunate to find time to study darkroom technique under the tutelage of Oscar Klees, a newspaper photographer, who moonlighted for the photo lab at the Hospital.
While in Europe, Sam took photographs in 12 countries. Before leaving there in 1956, he had a one-man show of his work, "Twelve Countries through the Eyes of the Camera," at the U. S. Information Center in Heidelberg. Returning to the States, Sam made the decision to keep photography as an avocation, while pursuing a career as Textile Designer. He spent 25 years at United Merchants Industrial Fabrics (UNIGLAS, Inc.) in New York City, designing fancy fiberglass woven patterns and developing suitable markets for them. During this time Sam continued developing his photographic hobby and participated in contests and shows. He won several prizes and his work was published in magazines.
moving to Old Bridge, Sam was able to set up a darkroom in his home
where he spent many of his non-NYC hours. In addition to the countless
family and trip pictures, he developed and mounted a large collection
of 8"x10" black and white photos, over 50% of which are
the European photos (see BW_PHOTOS).
For further information on obtaining black
and white European images of the '50s or b&w nature and children's
pictures, e-mail Sheila,
or call 561-752-8339.
You can also experience Photography that Will Inspire Your Creativity and Inner Peace in the FREE bi-weekly Photo E-zine, Treasure Your Life Now.
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