Ed Ross, American photographer, Died at 50

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Michael Edward “Ed” Ross was born on October 27, 1965, in Ukiah, California and died on July 30, 2016.

He was an American wet-plate tintype photographer.

He had focus was primarily on nude portraits and landscape photography.

He grew up in Davis, California and attended Jesuit High School, UC San Diego, the London School of Economics, and the UC Hastings School of Law.

Ed worked as senior legal counsel for the Apple computer company in Cupertino, California.

Ed Ross had been taking photographs for 27 years, and during the past eight years he used wet plate photography for his work.

Ross worked with both a half-plate box style and bellows-style camera and made use of period lenses from the 1800s for an aesthetic that was altogether authentic and transformative.

He was known for using three cameras: a half-plate box-style camera (made by Ty Guillory), an 8×10 bellows-style camera (made by Black Art Woodcraft), and a 16×20 Chamonix.

Ed used ‘period’ lenses, manufactured between 1850 and 1900, by Dallmeyer, Voigtlander, and Ross.

He was killed in a motorcycle accident on a mountain road near Yosemite National Park while on his way to photograph one of his favorite subjects, the Half Dome in Yosemite Valley.

Ed Ross passed away at 50 years old.

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