I practiced law in Lawrence County, Ohio, from 1959 to 1995. I was county prosecutor there for a four-year term.

An attorney who practices family, injury, and
criminal law meets a lot of interesting people.
You remember them because you can’t forget their faces — because, for years on end, they stop you on the way to the courthouse and ask you for money for a drink, for a cup of coffee, for bus fare to the next town, or because they figure they need the money more than you do. My experience led me to the conclusion that everybody matters.

In 1976 I began photographing them. I soon got into developing my black and white film and using a range of formats from 35mm to 8x10. The larger format forced me to spend more time with these people and helped me get to know them better.
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