Charles Maring works with his wife Jennifer in her home state of Connecticut, where he moved during his sophomore year of high school. With a corporate pilot father, Maring had been on the move every few years, and lived up and down the East Coast, as well as Colorado. Along with the moves, Maring’s father brought photography into his life, and built a darkroom in their house for his older brother. Soon Charles was spending many hours every day in it, practicing, learning, and dreaming of being a photographer.
Not only did Maring get his photographic start in his family darkroom, he actually earned money subcontracting enlargement work for local labs. This was before he became a photographer in earnest. Unlike most individuals in the film era who tried photography and moved into working in darkrooms to print their own work, Maring got his developing and enlarging chops down first. This had benefits decades later. Read More