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LTC Daniel Zenk
LTC Daniel Zenk

My father was a photo journalist for the US Army. Having carried a camera on his shoulder, I got the bug to shoot pictures at a young age. When I was thirteen we built a custom wet darkroom to process film and prints. We moved this darkroom from location to location as his orders changed. By the time I graduated from high school in 1979 I had shot several short films and had worked on six yearbook staffs shooting pictures, processing and printing film.

 

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Super Mom and best friend.

 

 

 

 

 

One night after dinner, in my senior year of high school my mom asked me what I wanted to do with my life following graduation. I had a piece of 35mm still film in my hand at the time. “I would like to do something with this” I said looking at the film. At that point she produced a course catalog from Montana State University. After browsing it she said “Look at this, a course in Motion Picture Production with emphasis in Cinematography”. In a few short seconds I had chosen the direction for my life. Going from still photography to cinematography was a natural progression.

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