One On One

People. Talking.

Our conversation between Sam George and Chuck St. John focused on the medium and the message. Sam, who has traveled through the worlds of acting, music and journalism before settling here in Birmingham, is the managing editor of Birmingham Weekly.
Born in Bethlehem, Pa., Sam grew up in the theatre; his parents managed a black box theatre company. He earned a BFA degree at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, and moved to New York City to become an actor. After a few years of waiting for people to pick him, he decided to move into music. In the meantime he bartended and waited tables. He met his wife and Birmingham native, Carrie Sweet, at the famous Manhattan watering hole, P.J. Clarke’s. They decided to settle in a historic house in Glen Iris in 2007.
After operating the local music blogs, and, he went to work at Birmingham Weekly last year.
Chuck St. John picked up a camera professionally for the first time in 1982. Prior to that he had been an insurance adjuster working in the medical malpractice industry. He likes photography better.
Chuck started out shooting faces. He shot so many of them that agents started to notice and began sending him actors, actresses and models for their composite images. Clients started seeing all his images on all those composites and started calling him to shoot commercial assignments and that’s how it began. Chuck studied with and attended workshops by Nancy Brown and Dean Collins to mention two of the more notable ones. Picking up on shooting beauty, fashion lifestyle, corporate and related images, he decided to shoot catalog work first so he could develop production experience as well as provide a steady income stream to develop other projects. Being able to handle large productions helped to get clients such as RJ Reynolds, Bacardi, Revlon and The Sports Authority. A switch to digital imaging in the early ‘90s allowed Chuck to be on the cutting edge of that emerging technology. He has worked for many years out of studios in Birmingham and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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