Though his childhood hobbies included breeding guppies and performing magic with the latest magic set, he didn’t discover his passion for photography until backpacking solo through Europe and the Middle East after collage - the camera his constant travel companion.
Inspired by ancient history, architecture and just the different way people lived all over the world, made him want to capture it all. With just a click he could share with others the beauty and intrigue of the world the way he saw it; whether it was the majestic Pyramids or a Frenchman buttering his croissant just so.
Upon returning to his hometown of Elmont Long Island -reality hit. It was time to get a ‘real job’. A jacket, tie and an entry level position in a NYC ad agency was a foot in the door for what appeared a to be a future in copywriting.
It lasted about a year. Although he had to face the fact that he wasn’t that great at coming up with catchy slogans, he did discover that the visual side of the advertising business actually did suit him (jacket and tie excluded). So he left Madison Avenue and headed downtown.
A 3rd assistant position (lowest guy on the totem pole) was advertised in The New York Times at Bruce Wolf Studio in the heart of NYC’s flower district. Sweeping floors, ordering lunch and loading film to the music of REM never felt so good- life in the cubicle was gone forever.
Eugene learned his trade in this busy NYC commercial studio during the 4 years spent perfecting techniques in still life and interior photography. He opened up his own studio in Soho, NYC and progressively was awarded accounts shooting for brands such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Godiva with regular editorial projects for Cosmopolitan & New York Magazine. After shooting in NYC for a decade and starting a family in his native Long Island, he realized it was time to pursue his second passion. So he packed up his family and his business to live in Israel, where a piece of himself always resided since starting that backpacking trip after collage.
It was in Israel where Eugene was able to combine his two greatest loves. Love of this ancient, history infused country with an eclectic melting pot of people and his love of photography. As he captures people placing their hand on the western wall (Kotel) for the first time or as he climbs Masada for the 200th time with a new group, he gets to capture his clients falling in love with his historic homeland and relive his own experience of falling in love with Israel over and over again.
When he’s not shooting, Eugene is usually at his home in Bet Shemesh with his wife Chaia overlooking a spectacular view of The Judean Hills. In Bet Shemesh he’s able to live close by to many of his kids who have also made their home there; as well as it being centrally located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv so he can conveniently join his clients coming from all over the globe on their next adventure or special day -wherever it may be.