It was all 16mm color reversal film at the time and I learned to do everything on-the-job: assistant cameraman, soundman, assistant editor, editor, and cameraman.
Along the way I was making small films, producing, directing, shooting & editing by myself. Like many of my contemporaries, my social and political perspectives were deeply affected by the times, and my films have strived to adhere to a philosophy of social responsibility. In fact, my very first production was a 30-second PSA titled "A Tree" for Friends of Central Park.
My first job as a cameraman was for the BBC in New York. Then, while shooting a series for WNET I helped unionize the station, which enabled me to join IATSE, the camerman's union. As a result I could work for CBS and other union venues. I then started shooting many segments for "60 Minutes." I also produced a piece on bank robberies featuring Willie Sutton, with Mike Wallace as the correspondent. I continued shooting, editing and producing for a variety of networks & corporations traveling across the United States as well as shooting many films abroad.
As much as I love the look and feel of film, most documentaries have now migrated to digital video.