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.


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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