All photographs © Ronald Hurwitz 2009
The eclectic life of Ronald Hurwitz has spanned the artistic disciplines of both music and photography. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1945, he came to the field of photography somewhat late in life. Initially, his sights were set on a career in music. He began his studies of the violin at the age of eight, the viola at twelve, and subsequently earned degrees in music from Indiana University, and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., studying with the great violin and viola virtuosos, Oscar Shumsky and William Primrose .

Following four years of military service as Viola Soloist in the United States Marine Band White House Orchestra and String Quartet in Washington, D.C., he spent a season performing with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra of The Netherlands. After this European stint he served as Principal Violist of the Indianapolis Symphony, and thirty–one years as a member of the Toronto Symphony. He has appeared as soloist and in chamber music concerts in the United States, Canada, and Europe, as well as on CBC radio and CBC television broadcasts. Following his recent retirement from orchestral performance, he continues his performing career in solo recitals, and in chamber music concerts as violist of the Hurwitz–Yanviker Duo and the Souvenir Quartet

In 1979 he purchased his first camera and began an intensive course of personal investigation into photography, its history and application. Two years later his photographs were exhibited in Toronto to critical acclaim. Exhibitions of his work at museums and galleries in Cleveland, Washington, New York, Miami, Toronto, Lausanne, and Paris followed his initial success.

Mr. Hurwitz is the recipient of Ontario Arts Council Grants as well as the 2003 First Prize for Limited Edition Books from The Alcuin Society of Canada for his book, The Gryphons of Paris.

His photographs as well as his published work can be found in such notable French collections as the Bibliothèque Nationale, the Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, the Musée Carnavalet; and in North America, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Harvard University Library, the International Museum of Photography-George Eastman House, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Ontario College of Art and Design.

Balancing the demands of careers in both photography and music, Ronald Hurwitz exploits each medium in the expression of his varied talents. Virtually his second home after more than twenty years of regular visits, Paris continues to be the focal point of his photographic oeuvre.

From time to time, pictures will be added to the Paris Photo Bank culled from his voluminous archive of black and white images, and from his current, on-going work.

Mr. Hurwitz is available for commission work and for specific photo shoots in Paris as well as North America. He is represented by Jane Roberts Fine Arts – Paris, France

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