Jon Michael Riley 

I’ve gotten good at re-inventing myself. Early on I went from juvenile delinquent to an angry-young-man art school graduate majoring in sculpture and printmaking. Still somewhat in that guise, I went, along with my wife Catherine, to Paris for a year on a French government grant. I studied with the well-known and innovative printmaker, Stanley Hayter. While among the French I decided not to attend graduate school at RISD as I had planned, but to make my way into filmmaking in New York City. The visual compositional itch wasn’t fulfilled by film or video – way too many people involved - so I backed my way into still-photography where I stayed and flourished. We had a nice studio on East 37th Street in Murray Hill, which provided a good living for us as we soon had two daughters. Eventually the writing bug bit and I took numerous writing workshops and went to writing conferences. I struggled with my first novel for six years and after another two or three, I finished a second novel, one that takes place in New York City and Ireland. Although the agent query process is in progress, neither has found a publisher. I still work in photography in the form of book projects and the occasional gallery show. Much of our work is syndicated internationally by Getty Images, thanks to Catherine who was a top-notch producer who worked well with TSI, Workbook Stock, and Getty art directors to produce shoots that found a huge market. I occasionally teach photography workshops & schools.
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