Shelby Karns


My introduction to photography almost didn't happen. It was my last semester of university, and I had one elective left to take. I had always been interested in photography, so I tried to take a Photo I class. At first, the Art Department was hesitant to let a History major enroll in an art class, but after many meetings, lots of paperwork, lots of help from my girlfriend (now my wife) Amanda, and the kindness of Fred Scruton (the professor of the class), I was approved. I bought an old Canon AE-1 from my brother-in-law for thirty dollars, and with a little duct tape on the back to cover a light leak, it worked like new.

After graduating, we moved to Zibo, China, where we worked as "Foreign Experts" for two years at Shandong University of Technology. It was there that photography went from being an interest to my passion. After that, we lived for two more years in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

In 2010, we moved to Erie, PA, where we live with our Mexican chihuahua-dachshund named Frank.

Books by Shelby Karns