Rochester photographer Jim Montanus be joining the Great Rochester Professional Photographers to share the interesting and unexpected Journey of how he went from being a corporate marketing manager to becoming one of the most recognizable photography brands in Rochester within two years.
Of course, it would be impossible for Jim to share his story without talking about how his father Neil Montanus influenced his life and his photography. As a Kodak Photographer, Neil traveled the globe, photographing the world’s most beautiful and exotic locations and some of it’s most famous people.
Beginning in the 50’s, Neil toured Europe, Africa, Australia, South America, India, Taiwan, the South Pacific – more than 32 countries in all – and even spent several nights with a former headhunting tribe in the jungles of Borneo. As a result, his career has been called legendary and his photographs have been seen by of millions of people around the world through Kodak advertising. His resume includes the ‘best portrait ever’ of Walt Disney (still in use today), the official presidential portrait of Gerald Ford – and a fellowship with the American Society of Photographers, one of only 27 photographers in the world to hold that distinction when he was awarded it in 1977. He earned his Master of Photography from the Professional Photographers of America in 1961.
Jim started his career as a journalist, but that quickly evolved into photography when he accepted the position of staff Photographer, University of Rochester. After eight productive years at the U of R, Jim reinvented himself as a corporate marketing manager and spent 17 years working a various companies, including Frontier, Global Crossing and Unity Health System. Fast forward to 2014 when Jim was downsized out of the corporate world. As he was searching for another job, Jim also started shooting… and shooting – and never stopped. And between his photographs of the brutally cold winter of 2014 and his marketing savvy, he saw his social media following skyrocket – and eventually dropped the job search.
Jim will be sharing his story, along with his best photography tips and post processing techniques, as well as tips on how to grow your business on social media.
Please consider joining us on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 6-9pm at the Flower City Arts Center, 713 Monroe Ave., in downtown Rochester!
Social hour is from 6-7pm and the program begins at 7pm.