About Commercial Photographer NYC-John Neitzel

About Commercial Photographer NYC

About Commercial Photographer NYC,  John Neitzel specializes in location photography and professional interior photography, bringing a refreshing natural look to each photograph he creates.Portrait of Professional Photographer John Neitzel-About Commercial Photographer NYC

Shooting professionally for nearly 20 years, John fell in love with the art in the 10th grade while living in Tokyo.  “I was hooked after seeing my first image appear on photographic paper in my friend’s makeshift darkroom.”  He began carrying a camera every day.  John’s father worked for Eastman Kodak so the photo supplies were always readily available with continuous support to pursue a passion.  After graduating from Kent State University with a degree in Photojournalism, John worked as an assistant and studio manager in Cleveland before moving to NYC in 1985.

While an assistant to some of New York’s most creative and demanding photographers, John learned the insights to operating a creative business in NYC, then opened his studio in Tribeca. Working in New York has provided John with many opportunities to apply his unique vision and explore the creative processes required for continued success in the industry.

His ability to create inspiring images has earned John a loyal following and his client list continues to grow.

Each summer John returns to Japan with his family and is currently producing a fine art project that captures the essence of Tokyo.

The Art of Seeing is about being sensitive

My focus is always on your success. I concentrate upon making and seeing a good photo before I take it, and then upon the technical requirements needed to capture the scene as I have seen it, to express my inner voice. I stresses the “Art of Seeing” using light as the paint and the camera equipment as my brushes. It’s all about the light. As George Eastman quoted:” Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.”

First look. Then think. Then see. Now shoot! That is The Art of Seeing.

I look, think, see and then shoot.  It’s much more than technical execution. I deliver a good photo that will tell your story. I concentrate on light, composition, color, and textures to capture the essence of the subject matter. Combine these principals with the technical aspects of operating a camera and you’ll see why all my assignments are successful.

Looking is much different than seeing. Just try proofing reading your own text document! Looking for good photos and being able to see the essence of the subject matter is what I strive in all my photos. Below are quotes from famous photographers that have inspired me with The Art of Seeing:

Ansel Adams
1902 – 1984

 “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.”

“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”

Elliott Erwitt

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

 “It’s about reacting to what you see, hopefully without preconception. You can find pictures anywhere. It’s simply a matter of noticing things and organising them. You just have to care about what’s around you and have a concern with humanity and the human comedy.”

“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”

Robert Frank

“The eye should learn to listen before it looks.”

Alfred Stieglitz
1864 – 1946

“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”

“Wherever there is light, one can photograph.”

Annie Leibovitz

“The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.”

Berenice Abbott
1898 – 1991

“Photography helps people to see.”

“Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.”

Burk Uzzle

“Photography is a love affair with life.”

Diane Arbus
1923 – 1971

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.”

Don McCullin

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”

Dorothea Lange
1895 – 1965

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”

“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.”

“To know ahead of time what you’re looking for means you’re then only photographing your own preconceptions, which is very limiting, and often false.”

Edward Steichen
1879 – 1973

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”

Edward Weston
1886 – 1958

“To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk.”

Ernst Haas
1921 – 1986

“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson
1908 – 2004

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”

“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition in a fraction of a second of the significance of an event.”

“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”

Man Ray
1890 – 1976

“Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more curious nature will ask ‘why’. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.”

Robert Capa
1913 – 1954

“The pictures are there, and you just take them.”

Sally Mann

“Photographs open doors into the past, but they also allow a look into the future.”

W Eugene Smith
1918 – 1978

“Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.”


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John’s past multimedia projects include:
“Historic Newport Mansions” CD-ROM partnership with The Preservation Society of Newport County
“Explore Kyoto” CD-ROM published by “Discover History”
“Virtual NYC” CD-ROM published by Digital Destinations
“Virtual Tokyo 2000” CD-ROM published by Digital Destinations
“Portrait of a Neighborhood” photo book of Chelsea NYC published by Digital Destinations
“Portrait of an Island” photo book of Hope Town, Abaco Bahamas, published by Digital Destinations

Current projects under development include:
“The Nairobi Video Project” Documentary video project sponsored by the Inada-Lange Foundation for AIDS Research. You can watch trailers at YouTube under my page  “John Neitzel”. “The Eyes of Nairobi, Photographs by the Pumwani Children” will also be published as a photo book and Gallery Show.

Current links around the web associated with John Neitzel:

Visit my Interior Photography website
Visit my NYC Commercial Photographer Website
Visit my Video Production Website
Visit my Photography Expedition and Workshop website
Editorial Assignment for LoftLife Magazine
A Photography Blog mention 
My LinkedIn Profile
My Facebook Page
My Blog

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