Menover50,com salutes Chuck Henningsen,
master of photographis printing processes. He is the only
photographer in the United States able to produce large format
platinum prints, and who lives above his darkroom in Taos.
He is truly unique.
Chuck, now a renowned photographer and master printer, was
born in Des Moines, Iowa, where he attended high school and
graduated from Iowa State University with honors and a degree
in industrial engineering. His first job in the 1950s was
with the then-small firm Hewlett-Packard-when Silicon Valley
had only a handful of high -tech companies. When Chuck left
HP after four years, he and two partners formed a company
that manufactured electronic raw materials.
Since 1976, Chuck Henningsen has pursued his career in fine
art photography. Then, a chance encounter with famed photographer
Ansel Adams changed his life. While on a visit to Yosemite
National Park, Henningsen was introduced to Ansel and he extended
an invitation to Chuck to attend one of his photography seminars.
Armed with a "big box" 4x5camera and a strong desire
to learn from the master, Henningsen began studying with Ansel.
Since that fortuitous encounter, Chuck collaborated on a book
on R.C. Gorman using his own photography. Following the book's
debut, Chuck's photography was featured in 50 one-man shows
throughout the US, including a show at the prestigious International
Center of Photography in New York. His work is owned by museums
as well as private and corporate collectors throughout the
Chuck Henningsen's work and techniques are diverse. In addition
to his mastery as a platinum printer, he has evolved into
Cibachrome abstract collages and digital prints. Besides photographing
the Southwest, Chuck's subject matter includes religious sites,
landscapes, architecture and nudes. The countries which he
visited for his photo shoots were Thailand, Spain, France,
Italy and Germany. Chuck has also recently exhibited in shows
in London and in Shanghai.
If you have “seen it all”, take a look at what
a truly gifted photographer can do. Hopefully, some day soon
Chuck will host a gathering where we all can learn the basics
from a true master.
Take a moment to visit his web site for a preview of his amazing