Who is AWSchmitt anyway?


My name is Andy Schmitt and I’ve been wandering about in Photography for a llooonnnggg time. See, I picked up my first camera when I was 9 and haven’t really put stopped shooting since.

I graduated from Adelphi University with a BA in Biology where I spent many a long night doing scientific photography, mostly microphotography.

After graduating, I spent a number of years involved in most forms of photography, photojournalism, weddings, portraits, fine art and commercial.

I left photography as a full time occupation for software and systems design for a decade or so then returned after realizing that eating regularly was highly over-rated and all was not money and position.

I successfully added digital to my repertoire  a while back and now use CANON cameras exclusively for all my 35mm work.

Since then, I have been working with both lensed and pinhole cameras from 35mm to 11×14.

These technologies have run the gamet from Daguerreotype to wet-plate to film and, of course, to digital.

My work has been widely exhibited and collected… (and some has even been kept.)

I became the head of the Photography Department at Peters Valley School of Craft in Bevins, now Layton, NJ, one million years ago in the year 2000. This career move managed to eat most of my waking hours and many supposed sleeping ones but I wouldn’t have traded it for the world.

I “retired” from Peters Valley in the fall of 2014. An action which returned to me the time to restart my Photography career and AWSchmitt.com. So here we are….

Since you were nice enough to inquire who AWSchmitt is, I thought I’d let you in on a little secret page called:



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