JR Schnelzer, APSA, EPSA
J.R. is an active semi-professional photographer working in the areas of fine art, nature, stock, and commercial photography. J.R has over 40 years of photographic experience. He began his passion for photography working in his father's darkroom, later attending Ohio State University working on an MFA in photography. During his studies, he was fortunate enough to spend time with Minor White, Ansel Adams, John Sexton and Kim Weston just to name a few.
He won his first National Award from Scholastic Magazine winning 2 gold keys, from there he went on to win numerous awards including the Nature Conservancy Photo Contest. He serves as mentor and judge for many international exhibitions. He also has been awarded a Blue Pin from FIAP.
J.R. is responsible for the formation of Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado. He is past President of the Loveland Photographic Society, and has become heavily involved with the Photographic Society of America currently serving as the Vice President of Collections. He was elected APSA in 2013 and earned his PPSA in 2017 and his EPSA in 2018. He earned his MPSA in 2020 and MPSA2 in 2021.
He has won both color and black and white in the print of the month, has won many 1st places in Monochrome, and Color. He has also judged photographic competitions locally, regionally and internationally.
He and his wife are owners of the Colorado School of Photography. J.R, currently serves as the Vice President of Collections for the Photographic Society of America. He has done work for Mannheim Steamroller and has been represented in many magazines and books. In 2014 he was invited to exhibit in the "Master of Photography Exhibition" in Hong Kong and also the "Photo La Gacilly Exhibition" in France.
J.R. has served as a National Park Ranger in both the Grand Tetons and Rocky Mountain National Parks, bringing him close to the nature he enjoys. "Photography is the process of creating future memories. My work is my language: I view the world in terms of their form and beautiful light. The hope of my art is to hold for you, in the subsiding of life's rush, the beauty of Visual Moments.