After working for over 34 years as a TV news videographer in Los Angeles, the second largest news market in the country, I now can devote most of my time to pursuing my lifelong love of photography, and selected video projects.

I was first introduced to photography when I was just a young kid. My father used to shoot portraits, and let me borrow his Yashica Mat 2 1/4 camera. I loved making pictures. It was years later, when I was in college, that I began to make art.

While at Atlantic Union College, a small Christian school in Massachusetts, I started with a Pentax Spotmatic 35mm, shooting mostly black and white film. I wanted my pictures to be perfect. I would spend hours in the darkroom, developing and printing my work. Before long, my photography professor promoted me to lab assistant. My work improved quickly, and while in college, I had the opportunity to work with legendary New England photographer, Ron Rosenstock.  It was an amazing experience that sent me on my professional path.

I began working in television news in Los Angeles in 1980, at a time when TV stations were transitioning from film cameras to video cameras. I began capturing news with one of the first video cameras on the market, a Sony DXC-1600 with a portable 3/4” U-matic video recorder. For the next three decades, I covered nearly every major news story, including multiple high-profile trials, riots, storms, fires and politics. As I chased down these stories, I worked hard to always put into practice the basic principles of photography I had learn so long ago.

While working as a news videographer, I have earned a number of awards, including a prestigious Peabody Award in 2005 for an investigative story dealing with dangerous methane gas in the Playa Vista development of Los Angeles.

Even though I have been telling human stories with video for 34 years, I have never been without a still camera, constantly working to perfect my art. I have experience working in many different formats, from 35mm to 2 1/4, to 4x5. I cut my teeth on the Canon F1, and now in the digital age, my main camera is a Canon 5D MK II. I also photograph with a Hasselblad X-Pan (panoramic) film camera.

Through the years, the cameras have changed, but my love of photography has stayed the same. I do hope you enjoy my photographs. Come back and visit often…


Hernan Vazquez