About Les Picker Fine Art Photography (LPFA)
At LPFA our mission is to bring the beauty of nature to discriminating fine art collectors, corporations, institutions and private homes. We are committed to excellence in everything we do. We are equally committed to excellence in customer relations. As a small company we guarantee everything we sell with a simple promise: if you do not like your purchase for any reason, we will refund your money without question. All we ask is that you return the purchase (at your expense) in the condition in which it was received.
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Les Picker has been photographing since the age of 11, when his father, an accomplished amateur photographer, bought him his first 35mm SLR film camera (a Minolta, btw). Les has since photographed for National Geographic Society publications and many other consumer and corporate magazines and newspapers. He has had more than 600 published articles in major national publications. He was a monthly columnist and features contributor to Oceans Magazine and a weekly columnist, Op-Ed contributor and features travel writer and photographer for The Baltimore Sun. Les shoots Hasselblad and Nikon equipment and is a member of Nikon Professional Services and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
Two characteristics shape Les’ photography; passion and inquisitiveness. Since an early age Les has been interested in the natural world and in other cultures. He has an earned doctorate in environmental affairs (winter ecology), which he believes helps inform his landscape and wildlife photography. His interest in other cultures draws him frequently to exotic locales.
Les has cruised on a nuclear attack submarine deep in the Pacific Ocean and has climbed the highest peak in the Pyrenes. He has withstood -50F in the Arctic and tolerated 120F living with a Bedouin tribe in the Eastern desert of Egypt. He was nearly bitten by a sea lion in the Galapagos (never stand between a mother and her pup!) and was chased by a 16-foot alligator in South Africa.
Les was named Best Travel Photographer for the prestigious Canada Northern Lights Award. He is in demand as a keynote speaker, lecturer and judge for photography competitions.
“I feel blessed to be able to write and photograph for a living,” Les says. “If my photographs help people better appreciate our natural world – and its fragility – then I feel I have accomplished a worthy life goal.”
Bob is our in-house Master Printer and tech guru. Bob handles all post-processing through printing. He produces our museum-quality prints, as well as wall coverings and other display options for clients. He is the interface between Les’ artwork and commercial labs for specialty displays.