Ted Hall Photojournalist, Minneapolis

My gift --capturing the spirit of a person or place with my photo camera. With people, I work to put them at ease and let their personality take over the photo shot. With a location, I try to treat it like a portrait setting—tell a few jokes, sit back and listen --and then when I see the correct angle, or catch a ray of light —-snap and say, thanks.

portrait Ted Hall, Minneapolis photojournalist and photographerI’ve had many gallery showings of my photographs in the Twin Cities. The largest was a solo photo exhibit at the Rogue Buddha Art Gallery in 2002. I displayed over 50 images and sold most of the photographies (including pieces from my, “Living Scrapbook”).

My two earlier shows enjoyed extended runs at smaller galleries and coffee shops in the Twin Cities. Beauty and Disability, was a photo series that explored cultural ideas about looking for beauty within damage. Can a scar be beautiful? Is a disability a past tragedy or part of someone’s current life?

The model and actress Joy Mincey Powell has the face of a film noir heroine. As a wheel chair user however: her low back, legs, and feet are no longer functional. She also has many deep scars from surgery. My goal was to photograph various parts of her with an equally earnest search for a beautiful portrait. The resulting photographs were very strong. Perhaps I should re-issue this?

Please explore the galleries here and feel free to give me your feedback.

More about Ted :

Ted Hall has been photographing people and events for over fifteen years. Portraiture is his specialty, whether it be out in the world or in the studio.

Ted Hall graduated from the University of Minnesota, with a BFA in Photography. He used to run the dark room at the U’s MacPhail Center, while Assistant Teaching with the great mural printer, Jeff Milikan.

Ted Hall is truly old school. At MacPhail, he mixed chemistry, tutored students, and made many fine black and white prints. Ted Hall is now back to being old school with his lovely 4x5 Calumet.


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