Louis H. Draper

Though not very famous, and perhaps not known to many of you, Louis H. Draper made significant contributions to the medium of photography. Lou was my first photography teacher and a true inspiration. He was a master printer whose work always showed depth and dimensionality. Lou taught me how to print with what he often referred to as “appropriate contrast and depth.” He would often let me use his own enlarger and taught me how to selenium tone a photograph. We would often have lunch together, and he would share stories from his time in NYC where he became good friends with the poet Langston Hughes and was often mentored by photographers Roy DeCarava, Harold Feinstein and W. Eugene Smith. Before I met Lou, most of my work encompassed the landscape and nature. Lou taught me to look at every day life as a way of connecting with people, sharing their stories and chronicling history. He inspired me to look and patiently wait for the magic moments to reveal themselves. I will forever value his guidance and constant encouragement. Lou passed away in 2002 and left behind an impressive body of work that is currently being archived. A book of his work was recently released. I highly recommend that you all consider including this book in your library.

 

Available on Amazon.

Available on Amazon.