Tracy Valleau

Author: Tracy Valleau
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I've been shooting on and off for 6 decades now, although I didn't really re-enter the full-time photographic world until about 2004, however. The time off must have done some good, however, as now, I'm pleased to note that I have over 50 pieces in permanent collections in museums and foundations, including the Triton Museum of Art, the Crocker Art Museum and the Montage Foundation. Works have been published in "Outdoor Photographer," "Art & Beyond," "Panorama," "Best of California," "Windows of the World" and other books and magazines. Displays and exhibitions include the Center for Photographic Arts in Carmel (Juried Exhibition), The Triton Art Museum, The Blitzer Gallery, The Museum of Monterey, and various solo shows including the Annand Gallery at Pacific Grove Art Center. I am a past instructor of photography in the graduate school of photography at Academy of Art University, in San Francisco, and am a member of The ImageMakers of Monterey. Frequently a speaker, I also judge photo contests and provide portfolio reviews. I am now on the Board of Trustees of The Center for Photographic Art.


I began photography in 1957, when I built my first darkroom at age 10. I attended UCSD and SDSU; served in the Army during the Vietnam era and moved to Monterey in 1972 where I still reside with my wife, Nora.

I began computer programming in 1978; was Apple Computer's first external consultant. I wrote the Hot Tips column for Mac Home Journal magazine and the long-running TechNotes; am a certified Mac Consultant, and continue as a senior advisor to AMUG. My clients have included Apple, Disney, Sony, National Geographic, McGraw-Hill, PBS and others.

I began video editing in 1973 for the NIMH, and recently finished a film on Wynn Bullock's color photography. In 1981, In Alaska, I did research on the humpback whale for NOAA. I moved to cutting digital video in 1996.

I switched from film to digital photography over a decade ago, and I enjoy the challenge of making a fine print. Today, I continue with photography, video editing, and web-site design.

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