Krueger’s fascination with photography started at age 14 when
he was given a box of photographic equipment left behind by
the passing of a relative many years before.
developing film sheets still in the old film holders, he was intrigued
to find images made decades before of people and scenes no longer
familiar to his family. Since that time, nearly four decades ago,
he has never been without the means and the interest to make black
and white pictures.
Practical considerations and a seven year stint
as a technician in the Navy, led Mr. Krueger to choose engineering
as a career, relegating photography to the status of a hobby. However,
in 1989, he successfully entered the commercial photography field
on a part time basis to help offset the costs of equipment. After
seven years, he gave that up to pursue his photographic interest
strictly for enjoyment.
Mr. Krueger is completely self-taught when it comes
to both the craft of photography as well as the art of composition.
He has worked with color, but his passion has always been black
and white. In general, he prefers 35mm for his cityscapes, but uses
both 35mm and medium format for studio work. While his commercial
images were produced almost exclusively with a 4x5 view camera,
he rarely uses that format for his artistic endeavors. He continues
to do all of his own lab work, including the production of his limited-edition
fine art prints.
When asked how to judge a picture, Mr. Krueger
responds, “It’s simple, really. A photograph, regardless of the
subject, is only art if the viewer perceives it that way. A good
photograph is one that attracts attention and holds it. A great
photograph is one that's remembered. An exceptional photograph is
one that, when no longer available to look at, is missed.”
his connection to photographic art, Mr. Krueger says, “I love black
and white photography. I love to view the work of others and upon
seeing an exceptional image, I feel a wave of excitement course
through me no different from what classical music lovers probably
feel at the sound of the symphonies of Beethoven or Mozart. While
I may never be listed among the world’s most revered photographers,
I love that I have the wonderful opportunity to participate with
those other great artisans of the silver image and share their approach
to expression through that unique medium.”
2003 FOTO ART MAGAZINE