Herman Velez began taking pictures at the age of 14 with a 35mm Pentax K1000 he purchased from a friend for fifteen dollars. Photographing throughout his high  school and college years, Velez went on to study Fine Art photography at New Jersey City University where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts. 

After assisting some of New York's best photographers, Velez left still photography to work in commercial film. Following a fulfilling career in the film industry, he has returned his focus to fine art photography. 

Gordon Parks gave me advice that I'll carry with me for the rest of my life, he said, "Always take your camera with you because life is filled with moments you'll regret not capturing."

Velez shoots with a variety of cameras, amongst which are favorites: the Canon 5D, a self-made 4x5 pinhole camera, a 4x5 Speed Graphic, and a Canon G-III QL. 

"paz"  image 3 of 25 at SAMA.

His work is in the permanent collection of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (SAMA) and he lives in Jersey City with his wife and their dog.

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