I have been making images since I was 12 years old, growing up in my dad's darkroom. I cut my teeth on black and white film and an old Argus 35mm rangefinder camera. My life has gone through many iterations including singing waiter, master luthier and drug frenzied hippie. In 1980 I began a career in motion pictures training under the tutelage of a First Assistant Cameraman and learned the ropes of production. I worked my way through the camera department for 17 years as an Assistant, Operator and finally Director of Photography.
In 1997 I retired from production to found and run a video dailies business, SuperDailies. We provided DP supervised dailies to the production community for more than 12 years, working with some of the best Cinematographers in the business.
In 2008, I closed the business due to a variety of factors and went to work for FotoKem, now the last film lab standing in the country. As Director of Commercial Services I continued elevating the quality of dailies and serving the commercial production community. In 2012 as the digital revolution swept the industry, I left to pursue other interests.
Currently I am writing, ( I have a couple of screenplays and a book in the works) working on a variety of photography projects, and mentoring at Venice Arts, a community organization that provides media arts classes to low income and under represented communities in Los Angeles. I teach black and white darkroom techniques along with photographic concepts to middle school and high school aged kids -kids at whose age I began my interest in photography, closing the circle.
Name: Ed Colman
Lives in: Venice, Los Angeles County, California
Company: Family Pictures
Occupation: Author, Director of Photography, Photographer (Still), Post-Production Supervisor and Screenwriter