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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Photographer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Thai Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/9/1944
Birth Location:
Riverside, California

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Photographer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Thai Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/9/1944
Birth Location:
Riverside
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Biography

Distinguished photographer Eric Werner began his career in the 1970s after returning from Vietnam. He participated in a community film workshop between 1970 and 1973 and received his A.A. in 1977 from Olive-Harvey College. Between 1979 and 1980, Werner attended Governors State University and earned his B.A. and some credits toward his master's degree. He was also inspired by a Friends of Photography Ansel Adams Advanced Photographic Workshop he attended in 1979.

From 1971 to 1977, Werner worked at a school photography company, Art Color Photographers, after which he directed and headed a multimedia production company, Centric Media Productions, for two years. Between June 1981 and November 1983, Werner worked as a staff photographer for Andrew Corporation. Then in 1984, he launched his career as a freelance photographer servicing corporate, private and nonprofit clients. His work has been displayed in numerous individual and group shows and is featured in various public and private collections, such as those of Michael Jordan, Gwendolyn Brooks, the Chicago Urban League and Allstate Insurance Company. Werner's photography has been published in many magazines and newspapers and his client list includes many high-profile companies and organizations, such as Proctor & Gamble, the Salvation Army, Quaker Oats Company, United Way, Coca-Cola USA., Coors and Citibank.

Werner has been honored with various awards for his work in numerous art and film festivals and photography contests. In 1990, he began volunteering as a photography instructor for the Chicago Park District. He founded the Picture This Camera Club to teach students the technical aspect of photography as an art form. He has also been appointed to the Jazz Unites Board of Directors and the Chicago Cultural Center Community Grants Board.






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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Eric Werner's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Eric Werner lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Eric Werner describes his family's history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Eric Werner talks about his father, Joseph Werner
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Eric Werner describes his mother, how his parents met, and his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Eric Werner describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Eric Werner describes his childhood neighborhood and Burnside Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Eric Werner describes his early affinity for art
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Eric Werner describes his experience at Harlan High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Eric Werner describes his social life and academic performance at Harlan High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Eric Werner describes why he decided to stay in Chicago, Illinois in college
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Eric Werner recalls being drafted for the Vietnam War and his training in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Eric Werner talks about basic training and his combat experience during the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Eric Werner describes racial discrimination in the U.S. Army and his deployment despite his surgery
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Eric Werner describes hearing Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak in Chicago and the shift in public sentiment towards Dr. King after his assassination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Eric Werner describes the impact of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination on soldiers in Vietnam and his job in the military
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Eric Werner describes his decision in Vietnam about pursuing the arts as a career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Eric Werner talks about returning home from the Vietnam War, discovering his affinity for photography, and the beginning of Art Color Photographers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Eric Werner talks about cinematographer and photographer Jim Taylor and federally funded programs like the Community Film Workshop
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Eric Werner talks about the Community Film Workshop
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Eric Werner describes learning from eminent photographers like Ansel Adams, Morley Baer, and Minor White while a student at Governors State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Eric Werner talks about the work of John Tweedle
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Eric Werner talks about HistoryMaker Gordon Parks' work in the ghettos of Brazil and Harlem
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Eric Werner describes the general lack of technical knowledge amongst early African American photographers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Eric Werner describes his camera equipment
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Eric Werner talks about his favorite subjects like President Bill Clinton, Stevie Wonder, and HistoryMaker Minister Louis Farrakhan and taking his children on assignments
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Eric Werner talks about photographing politicians and celebrities and his role in his sister's success as a photographer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Eric Werner describes his working on tabloid paper assignments
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Eric Werner talks about obstacles for Africans Americans entering photography and commercial photography
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Eric Werner talks about black advertising agencies in Chicago and competition with majority photographers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Eric Werner describes the difficulties encountered by early black photographers like James Van Der Zee, the Smith Brothers, and Roy DeCarava that persist today
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Eric Werner provides his advice for aspiring photographers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Eric Werner describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Eric Werner talks about his name and his parents' pride in his accomplishments
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Eric Werner reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Eric Werner talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Eric Werner narrates his photographs, pt.1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Eric Werner narrates his photographs, pt.2