"We Don't Take Pictures...We Capture History"
Solid Image Photographic Service opened our doors in 1974 but our dream started when I was 14 years old and purchased my first point and shoot film camera in 1963 thanks to my mother giving me 2.5 Top Value Trading Stamps books. By the time I reached high school, I was thoroughly hooked on photography and I set my sights on creating images at the level of those I saw in Ebony Magazine, Look Magazine, and National Geographic.
Along with my twin brother Donald, I was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and during my service, I still found time to enhance my photography skills. In 1975, while still attending UDC (Federal City College at the time), I had my first photo published in the Afro American Newspaper and later that year I met the legendary Petey Greene of "Petey Greene's Washington" on WDCA-20 TV in DC, who took me under his wing and introduced me to the television business. Shortly afterwards, my Professor at UDC, Dr. Tex Gaithings, encouraged me to drop out and pursue my career in photojournalism because he told me there was nothing he could teach me that I didn't already have a handle on. I will always appreciate him for that advice and call to action.
But, it was in 1976 that I started to make my mark in the photojournalism business when I received an assignment to cover Grammy Award Winner and DC's own Van McCoy, for the official "Van McCoy Day" celebration. We developed a great professional and personal relationship and Van gave me many opportunities to excel including hiring me to do my first international music album cover for MCA Records in 1977.
After meeting Van McCoy, a week later I met fight promoter and legend Don King who ultimately hired me to cover the "Golden Circle Ball" the night before the fight as well as hiring my brother Don and I to cover him and the Ali/Jimmy Young fight the next night.
The year of 1976 put me on the journey of my dreams which I am still experiencing to this day. My commitment to excellence and providing quality images and service will never waiver as long as I am able to provide this service. A special shout out to every person and business that has helped me achieve so many of my professional goals and leave a positive footprint in my chosen profession. Thank you.
The History of Solid Image Photographic