In my dual life as a criminal defense attorney, and photographer, I feel some commonalities. In both areas, I’m trying to present things in the best light possible. In both, the picture that I wish to present is seldom exactly the same as the picture with which I start. In both, there is frequently a tension which I am trying to bring together to build something compelling. And, in both, I am ultimately striving to tease out a sense of peace, a stillness.

Self-portrait of the photographer (me, Rick Horowitz)
The Photographer: Rick Horowitz

Unlike in my work as an attorney, with photography I have more freedom to manipulate. So that’s what I do. Thus, my camera is just one tool, and not always the most important, in creating the image I want others to see.

Ansel Adams used to say, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” He also said, “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera.” Lastly, he said, “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it!”

I’ve taken these statements to heart.

Some of my images are the result of more manipulation – even beyond compositing – than others. Because I don’t take photographs: I make photographic art.

If you want to know more, including how I manipulate some of my images, read through my website. In addition to showing off my work, in most of my posts I try to write about how I create my images.

I am currently represented by Rolff’s Gallery, in the Bullard Pavillion at Bullard & West, in Fresno, California, where you can purchase prints of my work, framed, or unframed.


For information regarding awards I’ve won, visit my Awards page.