The Biography of Pat The Photographer

After years of research, I’ve finally gotten my Website up and running. My goal is to share some of my boxing images with the rest of the boxing world.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I was brought up in Canastota, New York, (home of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame) and Penn Yan, New York, in the heart of the Finger Lakes.

The Finger Lakes is probably the reason for my passion for photography. The colorful fall seasons, with the beautiful lake settings, were irresistible to capture – SO I DID IT!!!

Other than a high school photography course, I am a self-taught photographer who graduated from the University of trial and error. If I shot something that didn’t work, I’d go to the local camera store to find out what I did wrong. I read just about every magazine out there and tore out the articles on the “How To’s” of photography. I still do that today. Now that photography has gone to digital, it’s like starting all over again.

I am currently a professional freelance photographer in Syracuse, New York. I do 20 to 25 weddings a year, and hold contracts with 2 area high schools to shoot their sports pictures, action, and teams. I also do several portraits throughout the year, as well as several other major accounts.

I owe my start in boxing photography to my mother. After taking her out to dinner on Mother’s Day, at the well known Graziano’s Restaurant in Canastota N.Y., I asked her what she wanted to do next. Her answer was, “I’d like to go visit the Boxing Hall Of Fame across the Street”. We did and while we where there I spoke to the director, Ed Brophy.

By the time I left I had a credential to photograph the upcoming induction weekend in June of 1990. I am still the Hall Of Fame photograher to this date. That same year I started going to the fights in the New York and Atlantic City areas. This was a little more challenging since I found myself far away from the ring for tough shooting conditions.

Through the years I have purchased the equipment to do the job from high above the ring. It’s a little tougher, but the opportunity to help preserve the history of the sport of boxing is a real pleasure. For such a violent sport, the majority of it’s participants are a joy to work with. Capturing the different personalities is the most enjoyable part of my job.

So take a look at my website and enjoy. And don’t forget, if you have any special request or suggestions, please Email me.