Born: July 20 1944 in Hollywood California, the son of an amateur & professional ex-champion boxer/salesman from Hell's Kitchen, New York, and an artist from Brighton Beach, Brooklyn New York; Max & Sylvia Goldman are the parents of Richard Goldman who later changed his name to Richard Mann, eventually using Rich Mann and R Mann as creative art names. Both parents where American born, were as the grandparents descended from Russia, Poland, Germany, and England. Raised in both Beverly Hills, Hollywood and later resided at Vista Del Mar Children's Home in West Los Angeles and eventually settling in Venice California for the past 47 amusing years.
After serving in the USNR (Naval Reserves) and upon returning back to civilization I was employed as a lighting technician in the motion picture industry and working with Jack Webb on "Dragnet" for 3 years, later joining the Locals #728 (electricians) and #705 (costumers) unions, eventually art directing commercials for; N. Lee Lacy and associates and working on features with notables such as Von Dutch and numerous others. After experiencing an assortment of jobs and skills along the way, independence from the film industry lead to pursue still photography as a favorite fine art genre. attending Art schools and universities mentored undiscovered personal relationships and experimentations with vital imagery developments. It was clear that these were evolutions of eternal inspirations.
Education: Hamilton and Fairfax High Schools, Los Angeles and Santa Monica City colleges (AA), Trade Tech, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) (BFA), Cal-State Fullerton University (MA) and presently the Venice Skills Center,. All college degrees are majored in fine art photography.
Photographic equipment experience: Kodak Brownie, Nikon 35 mm, 2 1/4 Mamiyaflex, Calumet 4 x 5 view, Fujirama 6 x 17 cm, Lenhoff 6 x 17 cm Technorama, Rapid Omega 6 x 7, various Kodak digital still cameras, chemical printing at black and white, and color studio laboratories.
Computers: Multi-platform, PC & Mac (IBook and Macbook pro) OS 10.5 and photoshop # CS-3, Yahoo's: Sitebuilder, Macromedia Studio MX, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks and as always, the ever-profoundly sophisticated "HTML," programs for website development
Art credits & publications include: "North Beach, 90291" a photo-philosophical book depicting the Venice Beach Boardwalk in Southern California (circa 1970-1985), Boardwalk imagery: Venice, Atlantic City and Coney Island Boardwalks, numerous awards and contests for surreal-photographic compilations, A permanent exhibit at the Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Library, The Los Angeles City Hall Art Archives (as a winning watercolor original from the fourth grade for the Carnation Milk Co. contest), a music album cover, and various other fine art. (out of print) Used; North Beach, 90291 at *| Amazon: www.amazon.co.uk/North-Beach-90291-Rich?
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Projects: Worldly Boardwalks (singularly, and as a 9-12 sequential boardwalk compilation), also a series of conceptual images about the current ever evolving digital photographic technologies.