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I'm currently using this page as a sandbox to prepare for my first article about the American photographer Rowland Scherman.
Rowland Scherman (born March 11, 1963 in Fairfield, Connecticut)
Rowland Scherman began taking pictures in New York in 1958. In 1961, he served as the first photographer for the Peace Corps. Scherman has done covers and photojournalism for Life, Time, Newsweek, Paris Match, Playboy, and National Geographic.
He won a Grammy in 1968 for an album cover for Bob Dylan, and in 1969 was voted Photographer of the Year by the Washington Art Directors' Association.
He lived in Britain for seven years, and there created the book Love Letters, also taking time to herd sheep and work as a carpenter in South Wales. Scherman now lives in Birmingham, Alabama, where his work includes landscape photography and portraiture.
Rowland Scherman studied Fine Arts at Oberlin College. In 1957, he was the dark room apprentice at LIFE magazine, and upon returning to college he began a photographic career that has spanned nearly a half a century.
Scherman became the first photographer for the newly-formed Peace Corps in 1961, and traveled the world to help give the agency its image. He shot editorial, fashion, and covers for Life, Look, Time, National Geographic, Paris Match and Playboy, among many others.
In 1968 he won a Grammy Award for that year's Best Album Cover, as well as the Washington DC Art Director's Award for Photographer of the Year.
Living in England and Wales in 1971-77 Scherman ran an advertising studio for Conran Associates. At that time, he created the first freestanding anthropomorphic alphabet "Love Letters." He also herded sheep and was an apprentice carpenter in Abergavenny.
Back in the US, Scherman moved to Birminghan, Alabama and resumed photography, doing portraits and corporate work. With the help of an NEA Grant, Scherman documented Alabama's famous Highway 11, which showed in museums throughout the state.
Now living in Cape Cod, Rowland Scherman returned to his first love, portraiture, and is continually inspired, as so many artists are, by the majestic Cape light.