BluSeed is proud to present the color photography of Jack LaDuke titled Sun & Shadow. This collection by LaDuke is a clever presentation of space, shape and light where by the artist has juxtaposed familiar geography with far away landscapes. A special “Meet-the-Artist” Reception and Gallery Talk will be held on Thursday August 16th, 2012; 6-8pm that is free and open to the public. This exhibition will be available for viewing from August 3rd- September 16th.
Jack LaDuke was born in Keeseville, NY to French Canadian parents (Leduc and Roi) with a family history dating back to Quebec in the mid 17th century.
LaDuke began to take pictures on a regular basis when he earned a Boy Scout Merit Badge in photography. In the darkroom he saw a picture come to life on a pure white sheet of paper and was hooked on picture-taking from there on.
A couple of local Keeseville photographers were kind enough to show him the basic steps of the craft. At the age of fifteen he earned enough money taking pictures of school activities and selling them to students to buy a 4X5 Speed Graphic, the work horse of the photo industry of the day. This allowed him to do commercial work and weddings.
About this time he sent a dozen pictures of the John Brown Farm in Lake Placid, to the Albany Times Union. The Sunday Editor liked them and this led to series of assignments from the Times Union.
The travel editor of the New York Times saw some of his work and liked it. He offered the young photographer a chance to do photography for the Times and he quickly accepted. Remember, that he was still too young to get a driver’s license, so his mother drove him to assignments.
While attending the University of Madrid he was photo editor for Guidepost, a Spanish travel and history magazine. It was ideal work for a young man and put him in the position to travel throughout the country, photographing Spain while it was still under the strict control of General Franco who kept the country years behind in development.
Upon returning to the North Country, he became associated with Denton Publications in Elizabethtown and several other people interested in starting up an magazine, to be called the Adirondack Life.
An unexpected telephone call from the U.S. State Department led to a three-year assignment in Central America. In El Salvador he trained young Salvadorians to shoot still photographs and motion picture film for a new educational television network the country and the U.S. government were establishing.
Despite the country of El Salvador going to war with Honduras, where everyone was put on a war-footing, the LaDuke’s said that the three years there was one of the most rewarding adventures they experienced.
After decades of shooting film, LaDuke thought little of the upcoming digital age, so he held off of shooting digital for several years. Once he purchased his first digital camera, he quickly said farewell forever to George Eastman’s celluloid invention.
Although LaDuke is retired, he still regularly produces video stories about the Adirondacks for Mountain Lake Journal, PBS, in Plattsburgh and carries out frequent photography assignments for the Plattsburgh Press Republican.
Much of LaDuke’s photography over the years and even today, deals with editorial photography. However; his love for nature photography with the play of sun and shadows was always present and has grown over the years. His other interests are travel with many trips to Central and South America, Egypt and Europe.
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