Roger Paperno's grandmother gave him a Kodak Instamatic 124 Camera for his seventh birthday - and he was hooked. In fact, he's been so busy he hasn't had time to send her a proper thank you note; he's working on it though. Whether its reportage work at birthday parties or advertising jobs in remote corners of the world, he tries to see things in their true light. He shows the inner beauty and simplicity of form that is present in everything, from a Parisian in a smokey cafe to a cruise ship in the Panama Canal.
"Working on location is a source of excitement for me. I love trying to overcome and solve the zillion little challenges that are encountered in the real world. My goal is for you to feel that my photo is real, not staged and that you, the viewer, are a part of it."
His early influences include Henri Cartier Bresson, Richard Avedon,Dorothea Lange and Margaret Burke White. 'I have always admired the color shooters, iconic photographers like Pete Turner, Jay Maisel and Greg Heisler, but it is the classic black and white shooters that have real soul.'
Roger's fourth book in the Cafe Life series, was just published by Interlink Press. Cafe Life San Francisco is on the shelves along with his other books.
The Chicago Tribune just reviewed our book, "Cafe Life San Francisco". Here's what they had to say;
"San Francisco is famous for its cafe culture. In this colorful guide, writer Joe Wolff and photographer Roger Paperno explore the city's neighborhoods in search of the best cafes. Wolff offers lengthy portraits of each cafe and its owner, while Paperno's gorgeous photographs give the book an elegant finishing touch. Each profile is accompanied by an anecdote. Caffe Greco, for example, makes an "almost proprietary" Greco cookie that is orange-flavored and dipped in Belgian chocolate.
Some of the venues, such as Emporio Rulli Il Caffe in Union Square or La Copa Loca in the Mission District, specialize in Italian pastries and gelatos. Famous cafes and bakeries such as Liguria Bakery, in North Beach, also are here."
You can get your very own copy at Amazon,
His clients include; The Gap, Saturn Cars, Specialized Bicycles, Banana Republic, Norwegian Cruise Line, Crystal Cruise Line, Holiday Inn, Regent Cruise Line, Carnival Corporation, Seabourn Cruise Line, Sol Melia Resorts, Doral Golf and Country Club, Hard Rock Casino, Mohegan Sun Casino, Costa Cruise Line, and many more.
PLEASE DO NOT DOWNLOAD OR USE MY PHOTOS WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. All my work is copyright, please email me if you wish to buy and use any of my work. Thank you.
More of my work and contact info at;
phone 404.723.3300 or 310.626.0123
- MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical 1,096 photos, 137 members
- Zeiss Loxia 85mm 2.4 413 photos, 127 members
- Leica CL digital (APS-C format) 2,862 photos, 197 members
- Leica Q (Type 116) 44,176 photos, 2,990 members
- Tjaarda Automotive Design 761 photos, 110 members
- Rangefinders 235,149 photos, 3,705 members
- Windstar Tahiti 2014 96 photos, 5 members
- Sube lo que quieras / Up what you want 158,457 photos, 1,661 members
- wrist watches 24,998 photos, 3,943 members
- Phase One User Group 8,939 photos, 1,038 members
- Leica Summicron-M 90mm 6,183 photos, 999 members
- LEICA ELMARIT-M 1:2.8/90mm 1,573 photos, 235 members
- mingthein.com: the reader portfolio 43,717 photos, 2,490 members
- Libro de Fotos / Photo Book 723,989 photos, 8,829 members
- La mar de buena / The sea of good 22,343 photos, 1,327 members
- Architect Unknown 23,104 photos, 644 members
- Thinks Photo Magazin 16,575 photos, 1,100 members
- This wonderful garden called "Earth" – P1/C1 please... 11,768 photos, 1,013 members
- M6 & MP LEICA 104,876 photos, 4,840 members
- Fotos con arte - P 1 / C 2 please... 46,935 photos, 1,346 members
- The 50s Turn 60 989 photos, 187 members
- A Photographers View 320,955 photos, 3,585 members
- Beauty In Our Lives - Post 1 = Comment 1. Quality only! 96,307 photos, 1,868 members
- La passion des fleurs du monde entier [p1/a1] 21,856 photos, 1,083 members
- All That's Beautiful Post 1 & Award 2 . . . Please 125,750 photos, 2,787 members
- A New Art & Photo Gallery - P1/C1 101,843 photos, 2,430 members
- living in harmony with nature 82,062 photos, 1,865 members
- listen to the secret melody of life 48,028 photos, 1,254 members
- simplicite - NATURE !!! 25,599 photos, 908 members
- sweetness of life with nature 28,370 photos, 995 members
- *♥*Stunning Art ♪ ART WORKS 7,118 photos, 870 members
- Seattle Leica Users Group 2,351 photos, 98 members
- >TRANSFORMED > 44,035 photos, 1,000 members
- Animals Are Amazing - P1/C1 Please... 20,319 photos, 1,027 members
- Floricultura - flores e poesia / flowers and poetry 12,684 photos, 750 members
- Arca de Noé - Noah's ark P1/A1 please... 2,498 photos, 546 members
- Scudetto ...)--V--(... [detail fotos only] 566 photos, 234 members
- Alfa Romeo Spider (1966 to 1993) 2,409 photos, 231 members
- * Alfa Bertone Coupé: Giulia GT Sprint, GTV and GT Junior * 4,935 photos, 516 members
- Search The Best (Post INVITED Photos Only) 1,647 photos, 553 members
- My Wife/Girlfriend is my model 7,214 photos, 1,380 members
- Steve Huff Leica M9 Contents - The rest of the bunch! 2,531 photos, 195 members
- Nikkor 50mm 1.2 26,814 photos, 2,580 members
- The Wonderful World of Portraits - (only invited photos) 124,520 photos, 10,169 members
- Leica M3 52,008 photos, 2,875 members
- LeicaShots 30,223 photos, 361 members
- National Geographic: Are You Good Enough? Post 1, Nominate 3 1,248,544 photos, 77,169 members
- Jewish Photographers 6,455 photos, 243 members
- top 20 dog shots 36 photos, 7 members
- Dogs! Dogs! Dogs! 1,092,614 photos, 130,308 members
superb lock says:
"If you want to see the work of art from the Master, you have to look at Roger's photos. Each of his photos will tell you a wonderful story if it's not taking you in to a fantastic journey. I'm mesmerized by his work..."
July 10th, 2008
Roger Mann says:
"Roger's portfolio is awash with beautifully competent images which, although commercial, have a distinct creative edge which sets them apart from the crowd. It's what I would like to achieve but probably never will."
June 17th, 2008
"Looking at Roger's photo-stream takes us on an incredible journey around the world. Along the way, we get to see the beauty of places we may never travel through his inspired vision. After 3 years of studying thousands of photographers work on Flickr, in Roger, I have found my photography Guru. You can bet I'll be closely watching his heavenly work!"
June 5th, 2008
ossie hermosisima says:
"I'd like to see more of his beautiful images. Flickr is blessed with this one great photographer. They ought to give him a free pro account."
June 2nd, 2008
- Roger Paperno
- January 2008
- San Francisco
- Los Angeles / Miami
- I am:
- rogerpaperno [at] mac.com