A dear friend and mentor passed in his sleep last night, James Kraft, former photo professor at the the University of New Mexico photo department. Were it not for his encouragement it is likely that I would not have become a photographer and were it not for his continued friendship and example my life would have been the poorer.
Jim was one of those artist who was so immersed in art making that his whole life (house, garden etc) was one huge continuing effort at creativity. Never satisfied it was always evolving.
I learned much from him, most of all some self respect and a thick skin. He will be missed.