Eric Mencher

I've been madly in love with photography since I first picked up a camera as a teenager. My camera today is quite different than the Instamatic that I once used, but for me the essence of photography remains the same: a powerful medium that connects and communicates, educates and entertains, and enrages and engages. It's fun. It's rewarding. It's a challenge. I believe in photography and I want to share my passion, experience, and knowledge with photographers of all levels and help them grow and learn and feel the joy!

As a photojournalist at The Philadelphia Inquirer until 2009, I covered a variety of assignments from wars to World Series, including the post-­apartheid era in South Africa, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, life under Fidel Castro in Cuba and the civil war in Chechnya. I also photographed numerous stories in the arts, including the 100th anniversary of James Joyce's Ulysses, Cezanne in Provence, and a series illustrating Cervantes' masterpiece, Don Quixote. I’ve been honored with awards from the Overseas Press Club Award, World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, Best of Photojournalism, and National Headliners. I’m now concentrating on documentary projects and street photography and using Instagram, ­­and using it seriously, ­­to share my pictures with people all over the globe.

Photography is unique in how it frames a mystery, a memory, or a moment, freezing a split ­second for shared and lasting contemplation. In this tradition, I obsessively photograph everything­­ - the places people gather or where trees sway or the light dances. I’m a firm believer that if we truly pay attention, we will witness the most fascinating theater imaginable. Real life performances by crazy characters creating stories that quickly unfold, revealing everyday life with all its beauty and with all its warts, and at least once in awhile, I hope, in front of my camera and hopefully, yours, too!