W.R. Hurshman Portrait
W.R. Hurshman: Capturing The Moment

I guess I’m an historian who uses photography to record everyday life of everyday people; some of whom may be well known everyday people. You know the folks I mean; the interesting ones who haven’t been sucked-up by the homogenized, mega-culture which we find ourselves in these days. READ MORE...

As far back as I can remember I wanted to be an artist and, as a child, that meant being a painter. After discovering that I had the red/green “color deficiency”, not uncommon to the male members of our species, I selected black & white photography as the medium to express my need for creative outlet. If I knew then what I know now … that color deficiency might not have been a handicap. Oh well, I’m glad it worked out as it did.

Anyway, my photographs now include colors (all of them … even the ones that you might not see). I see what I see and hope that my camera catches it. It’s still a thrill to discover that – sometimes – my camera sees something that I missed.

In 1977 I started photographing for the Hartford Courant newspaper (Hartford, CT) … I thought I had “made it”. I had become a professional photographer. For me, this turned out to be a big mistake. I had taken what I loved to do and turned it into a job. During the almost two years I functioned in this capacity, I was unable to bring myself to simply shoot for enjoyment. I had to quit being a pro to regain my love for the medium.

Since leaving the Hartford Courant, I have photographed the bar scene of the Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore, documented missionary work in Nicaragua and Russia, crewed on the Ukrainian tall ship Bat’kivshchyna as photographer, accompanied a Chinese artist friend from Shanghai to Tibet, and photographed album covers for rock bands (The REDUCERS: “Let’s Go” [1984], “Cruise to Nowhere” [1985], “Last Tracks & Lost Songs” [2014]; PAISLEY JUNGLE: “Paisley Jungle” [1986]).

My photographs have appeared in or been exhibited by:

  • Runner’s World magazine
  • The New York Times
  • City Arts Gallery, New London, CT
  • Maryland Arts Council Photography Exhibit
  • Jay Street Gallery, New London, CT
  • Remarque Fine Art, Whitewater, CO
  • Numerous Mystic Art Association exhibits, Mystic, CT
  • Slater Museum exhibits, Norwich, CT
  • Hygienic Art Association exhibits, New London, CT
  • New London Art Society Gallery, New London, CT

In this 21st century … it’s still fun.

- W.R. Hurshman (Mr. Hurshman was my Dad … I’m Bill)



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