Born in New York City in 1955, Greg made his first serious photographs using a vintage Argus C-3 film camera given to him by his father over 50 years ago. With this camera that Greg discovered what would become his life’s passion.
Greg graduated from Yale University in 1977 earning his B.A. magna cum laude with a double major in Art and History of Art. While at Yale he was privileged to have been mentored by some of the most revered figures in 20th century art and photography including Walker Evans, William H. Bailey, Josef Albers, Ansel Adams, Irving Penn and William Eggleston. During this period Greg made photographs primarily using an 8×10 Deardorff view camera and a Mamiya C330 film camera. He printed his work himself in a traditional “wet darkroom” making both silver gelatin and platinum/palladium prints. In 1977 Greg’s iconic image “Anne, 1976” was acquired by the Yale University Art Gallery for its permanent collection which at the time made him the youngest artist to have work in the gallery’s permanent collection. In 1978 Greg was engaged by the Estate of Walker Evans to print a catalog of Evans' images for Evans estate.
While continuing to passionately pursue his photography Greg earned a Juris Doctorate law degree, became a member of the New York Bar, practiced law with a prominent Manhattan law firm and successfully engaged in ventures unrelated to photography. Over the years however it was his photography that always remained his true passion. He continued to make images at every opportunity, primarily working in color, building a significant body of work.
Deeply influenced by painting, Greg's precisely composed and executed images celebrate light, color and mood in a manner evocative of the work of American painters of the late 19th and 20th centuries such as Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, Edward Hopper and Richard Estes.
Today, utilizing the most state of the art equipment, the finest available printing methods and drawing upon decades of experience, Greg works passionately creating beautiful Limited Edition as well as Edition of 1 pieces that remain true to the traditions of classical art and analog film photography and are enjoyed by his collectors around the world.
“What I most seek to capture with my imagery is a feeling... the mood and emotion of a place and of a time... communicated through the careful use of composition, color and light."
"In order to best accomplish this I employ the finest cameras and lenses available. Currently, I am using the 150 megapixel Phase One IQ4 paired with Schneider-Kreuznach lenses, and always mounted on a firm tripod. I feel this system, although heavy, delicate and often challenging to use in the field, is currently the best available tool for recording the subtleties of light, color, detail and mood that are paramount to me in my work."
"My Limited Edition prints are made using the finest quality archival pigments laid onto Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta archival papers. The resulting archival pigment print is then carefully backed, over-matted and framed in solid wood framing and covered with UV attenuating anti-reflective glass. This results in the creation of a fine art piece with extraordinary detail, richness, nuance, depth and permanence that may truly be enjoyed for generations.”
– Gregory Essayan, July, 2019.
Cache Street along Gaslight Alley
Jackson Hole, Wyoming USA
La Galleria di Villa Martiena
Via di Martiena, 8, 53045
Montepulciano, Siena, Italia