Herbert Keppler

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Herbert Keppler
Born Herbert Keppler
(1925-04-21)April 21, 1925
New York City, USA
Died January 4, 2008(2008-01-04) (aged 82)
Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Nationality American
Known for Photography/Journalism/Writing

Herbert "Burt" Keppler (April 21, 1925 – January 4, 2008) was a photographer, author and journalist. His career spanned 57 years, including 37 at Modern Photography and two decades at Popular Photography. He wrote monthly columns and served in the former magazine as Editorial Director and Publisher, and in the latter magazine as Vice President and Publishing Director.

Life and career[edit]

Herbert Keppler was born in New York on April 21, 1925 to the commercial illustrator Victor Keppler. He started on photography at the age of six and processed his own color pictures at the age of ten.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Harvard University and was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy near the end of World War II.

After the war, Herbert Keppler was a reporter for The New York Sun and worked for the trade magazine Footwear News, but found his calling, when he in 1950 became an Associate Editor at the photographic magazine Modern Photography. In 1956 he became Executive Editor of the magazine, then Editor and Publisher in 1963 and Editorial Director and Publisher in 1966. He changed the way photographic magazines tested equipment from an, at the time prevalent, subjective analysis to a more objective analysis by introducing a testing lab that could perform scientific tests on cameras, lenses and other photographic equipment—e.g. resolution tests for lenses. He also established a code of ethics for advertisers and would decline advertisers access to the magazine if they were found to use unethical methods in their sales and advertising.

In 1987, Herbert Keppler joined Popular Photography and was Vice President and Senior Counselor of this magazine at the time of his death. He died on January 4, 2008 in Croton-on-Hudson and is survived by his wife Louise, son Thomas and daughter Kathryn.

In addition to his work as journalist, Keppler was striving for the further technical improvement of photographic cameras and equipment. He regularly traveled to Japan and worked as a consultant for Japan's photo industry.[1][2]

Keppler was included in the Photo Marketing Hall of Fame in 1985, and honored for his lifetime achievement by the Photographic Manufacturers and Distributors Association in 1991.[1] In 2002, he received the Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Rosette for his achievements for the Japanese industry.[3][4]

Selected publications[edit]

Keppler authored several books. Among them are the following:[5]

  • "Keppler on the Eye Level Reflex" (1960)
  • "The Honeywell Pentax Way: The Pentax Photographer's Companion" (1966)
  • "The Asahi Pentax Way: The Asahi Pentax Photographer's Companion" (1975)
  • "The Nikon & Nikkormat Way" (1978)
  • "The Nikon Way" (1983)

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