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John Wolf was born in October of 1944 in a small suburban town in New Jersey, near New York City. In his early teenage years he developed a strong interest in Photography. After high school, he enrolled at the New York Institute of Photography, (NYI), where he studied Commercial Photography and Color Photography. The color photography class consisted, mainly of making dye transfer prints, which was a very intricate process requiring the making of black and white separation negatives for each color print. He soon developed an affinity for darkroom work, processing and printing film.
He later moved to Rochester, N.Y. where he enrolled at RIT, majoring in Photo Illustration. While attending school in Rochester, he worked at several photo labs where he was able to develop his darkroom skills further. But after a few years he decided to move to the Los Angeles area, and within a couple of years working in labs there he opened his own color lab in Hollywood and named it Wolf Color Lab.
The new lab became very successful, and for more than twenty-five years he served countless professional photographers and people in the movie and television industry. Wolf’s love of camera work always remained, however, and whenever possible he would get out of the darkroom and work behind the camera. Large format 4x5 photography was his favorite medium. Having been inspired by people like Eliot Porter and Ansel Adams, he tried to get out into nature whenever possible, frequently taking trips to places like Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks, as well as a number of road trips across the country. He has also traveled to Europe and Tanzania, East Africa.
He has participated in numerous art shows around Southern California and has won several awards for his work.
Today, John Wolf lives and works in Thousand Oaks, California, where much of his time is spent scanning and working on much of his vast collection of accumulated negatives and transparencies. He still prints for a few special clients who appreciate the quality of his work.