Master Photographer Jay Stock of Martins Ferry, Ohio will speak on May 1, 7:00 p.m. at the Center of Music and Art for the Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club’s Exhibit opening which is being held at the center. Stock is recognized worldwide as a premier photographic artist. He has traveled to 5 continents photographing diverse people all over the world and has published 7 books of his photographic artworks.
Stock began his interest in photography at age 18 as a hobby while he served in the Army. Sometime after the military, Stock attended the Progressive School of Photography in New Haven, Connecticut. After his schooling, he returned to Ohio and to his previous job in the coal industry having photography as a part-time job in his home. When his clientele grew, he opened a studio in Ohio and it was the beginning of his specializing in photographing people.
Stock has the distinct honor of being a member of the Photographers Hall of Fame. The Professional Photographers of America awarded him their Master Photography and Photographic Craftsman Degrees as well as their Professional Photographers National Service Award. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Professional Photographers, the British Institute of Professional Photography and British Royal Society of Arts. In addition, he won other prestigious awards.