Throughout his life, Charlie’s photographic goals have been to capture on film how people respond to their environment and how the natural world develops and takes form. This curiosity led him to pick up a camera in 1939 at the age of 13 and in Charlie’s own words, “never put it down.” Charlie continued to take photos throughout his high school years and while attending Cornell University.
When World War II broke out, Charlie left Cornell to join the 10th Mountain Division where he served on the ski patrol and as a weapons instructor. After the war ended he married his high school sweetheart Ann and returned to Cornell to finish his degree. While at Cornell, his daughter MaryAnne was born. (She can best be seen in “Boardwalkin’ at Bailey’s”).