Fred Collins has been immersed in photography since 1967, when his father handed him a camera before they were to embark upon a trans-Atlantic voyage on a small sloop with the instructions to read the manual and photograph the journey.
He attended the Art Institute of Boston and then moved to New York where he worked as an assistant to an advertising photographer with a studio in mid-town Manhattan. In 1973, he returned to Boston, opening his own studio, where he began working for advertising agencies and graphic design firms. His commercial assignments have taken him across this country and around the world. Additionally, he began to teach courses on lighting at the Art Institute of Boston. For more than thirty-five years, along with his commercial work, Fred has continued to develop a portfolio of fine-art photography.
Fred points to photographers Irving Penn and Minor White, with their careful, yet simple compositions and sensitive awareness of light, as having a tremendous influence on his own vision.
“In the landscapes, I have always looked for purity and balance when creating my images. Texture, color and light all play a role when making a photograph. My search for these designs usually has been about quiet spaces that deliver the graphic textures and washes of color that are the common visual theme that run through many of my photographs.The images created in my studio are similar in that they too are about essence. Direct and graphic, taken out of context to tell their own story, they exist as icons.
The more recent images of shells and driftwood have been created using a 4x5 camera and a digital scanning back that create very high resolution images, allowing for large, yet very detailed prints.”