Michael Philip Manheim
This is one of the images selected for my upcoming book titled The Smoking Fifties
Biography: "Photography was a passing interest, at age seven," according to Michael Philip Manheim, "when Cousin Bill gave me a box camera. At age thirteen it kicked in hard."
"I was hooked," he recalled. "I became a kind of local treasure, winning contests with a good eye for composition but a whole lot to learn. I pursued photography with such a passion that it became my profession."
These were exciting years for technical advancements in photographic films and equipment. Creativity was frequently linked to the latest breakthroughs.
Manheim moved past a...