Photographer J. Wayne Higgs, a fixture of the Washington, D.C., photojournalism and fine arts photography scene for the past forty years, recently came to my studio to sit for a portrait. Over the course of an hour, Mr. Higgs shared incredible stories touching on everything from the Pentagon riots in 1967 and the 1971 DC riots (both assignments that he covered from the front) to his adventures as an artist and figure model working consistently for longer than I have been alive.
I wasn’t completely familiar with Mr. Higgs’ work before our portrait session began and listened rapt as the hour raced by. I appreciated hearing Mr. Higgs describe pivotal moments in our country’s history as well his experience working as a photographer in both the “square” world and the fine arts one, a scene in DC that left Mr. Higgs rubbing shoulders with Mapplethorpe and other luminaries.
I am pleased with how our portrait session went and look forward to hearing how Mr. Higgs likes the portraits that we created. As always, I owe him a great deal of gratitude for trusting me with his portrait – thank you, Mr. Higgs.