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Image by Florence Hawkinson




Al Hawkinson probably had no idea how profoundly he would affect the course of his son's life the night he took his teenage son David to the local tech school. Al was taking an evening class in photography and wanted to show his son the printing process. David recalls being rather uninterested in his father's pictures. After viewing many of his father's prints David still remembers saying "Dad, black and white is nice, but color is where it is at." After a tediously long time setting up an enlarger, exposing the paper and then slipping it into the developer tray, David experienced the darkroom magic of -- an image appearing on the paper. It was inspiring to him. From that day on, David says, "I was hooked!"

Shortly after that, David became a photographer for his high school year book and news photographer for his local hometown newspaper in the booming metropolis of Cadott, Wisconsin, (half-way between the Equator and the North Pole) population then of about 750.

His interest and ability in photography continued to increase as he received formal training from Milwaukee Area Technical College (AA 1980) and Brigham Young University (BFA 1988). David also received training from the Smithsonian Institution and the J. Paul Getty Conservation Institute.

His reputation for excellence afforded him a wide variety of opportunities including: medical photographer at a major teaching hospital, Low Altitude Large Scale Reconnaissance photographic internship, investigative research using both visible and non-visible spectrum, and photography of rare books, documents & artifacts. During his 15 year tenure at the BYU Museum of Art where he created and managed the Imaging & Photographic Services program, David build upon a base of practical experience. Some of the more notable photographic assignments were: documenting fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls for publication & research, photographing & handling original Rembrandt etchings and producing images of ancient Chinese artifacts of jade, gold, ivory, and stone for documentation and publication.

Using this experience and knowledge as a solid foundation, Hawkinson Photography was established in January 2001. These years have been rewarding and successful because of the many friends and clients who have been encouraging and supportive. We expect to be able to continue serving the needs of our clients for many years.

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