At age 12, Dale had the good fortune to get a ride in a new MG and that experience started him on a road that’s still well-traveled. He’s been involved in photography since he was five, when his father, a commercial photographer, took him on a photo assignment.
From there dad took his inquisitive kid into the darkroom to develop what they had photographed. He planted the seed that bloomed into a great passion and leading to a lifelong career. Dale is one of the lucky few who grew up knowing exactly what he wanted to do with his life.
The love of the automobile is an obsession, there’s no doubt about it. He’s owned a lot of old cars, and made friends for life by being involved with them.
After college in Massachusetts where he majored in art, and worked in several photo studios in the Buffalo and Niagara Falls area, he moved to Westbury Long Island, New York and worked in the art department as photographer of a local TV program. The opportunity to photograph several cars led him to enter a monthly photo contest in Hot Rod magazine. He won in the amateur contest one month with a doctored-up photo of a 1939 Ford.
Once in Portland, Oregon Dale ran across Bruce Miller who was starting a magazine called Street Rod. He landed the “non-paying” job as photographer. Dale ended up in 1972 at the Street Rod Nationals in Detroit, where he met Tex Smith. After the demise of Street Rod he began receiving assignments from Smith for a new magazine called Street Rodder. Through the years he has received assignments for The Rodders Digest, Street Rodder, Rod & Custom, Hot Rod, Vette and several other titles to this day. He went on to meet his hot rod heroes who furthered his career.
It was 1977 when a large truck manufacturer offered Dale the position of corporate photographer. They started ad campaigns that included auto racing and it was he that he met and photographed the cream of the crop in NASCAR, and the Indy car series.
What a life, and it ain’t over yet with more of his outstanding photography to be seen on the pages of Modern Rodding, Classic Truck Performance, and All Chevy Performance.