"Buffalo's Changing Face" is next Haberman Gacioch Entrepreneurship Lecture, February 6

55,000 Aerial Images Reveal the Significant Changes That Have Taken Place Since 1980

January 16, 2013



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The Daemen College Nancy Haberman Gacioch Entrepreneurship Lecture Series will continue February 6 with "Buffalo’s Changing Face." The lecture will be presented by Buffalo’s Jim Cavanaugh – a world-renowned photographer – who has taken over 50,000 aerial photographs of Western New York. 


"Buffalo's Changing Face" documents changes in Western New York, with aerial photographs (before and after views), taken by Cavanaugh over the past 32 years.


“Buffalo’s Changing Face” will be presented from 5-6 p.m., in Alumni Lounge, in Wick Center on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main Street in Amherst. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


Buffalo’s Changing Face


In 1980 Jim Cavanaugh fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a licensed pilot. As a well-established photographer, he immediately combined his passions of flight and

image-making to create aerial photographs.


After some 20 years of creating tens of thousands of aerial photographs, Cavanaugh began to realize that he was re-photographing areas that were changing in Western New York. He had become an “accidental historian.” 


Today, with 55,000 aerial images in his files, Jim routinely creates new aerial photos on each flight, paying special attention to areas of proposed developments, historic sites, and any area that has controversy associated with it.


While there are many in WNY who may feel the pace of change is slow, Jim’s aerial photography program, “Buffalo’s Changing Face,” reveals the significant changes that have taken place since 1980. His dramatic “before and after” images clearly show what we have gained and what we have lost over the last 32 years.


James Cavanaugh


After graduating from the New England School of Photography in 1975, James Cavanaugh returned to Buffalo and established his first studio. For 10 years, he provided a wide range of photographic services to both consumer and commercial clients in Western New York.


In 1986, Jim redirected his business and focused his marketing and creative efforts on architectural, interior, and aerial photography. Today, he is recognized as a leading specialist in these areas.


His clients include local and national architects, engineers, interior designers, contractors, real estate developers, architectural product manufacturers, and government agencies. His images have been seen in a wide range of publications, including Architectural Record, The ASMP Bulletin, World Architecture, Reader’s Digest, Progressive Architecture, Rolling Stone, Business Week, American Banker, SSL, Seaway Review, Parents, Women's World, Ladies Home Journal, Techbits, Rangefinder and Design Portfolio. Jim was also featured in Eastman Kodak's “Vision in View” video program.  


For six years Jim taught "Professional Business Practices in Photography" at Villa Maria College in Buffalo; he currently provides copyright registration seminars to ASMP Chapters around the country and is a strong advocate of copyright issues and ethical business practices in photography.


Jim is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). He is the past president of the association. In 2012 Jim was honored with the Photographic Leadership Award from the United Nations for his work with ASMP and the photography industry. He is a former director of the Media Photographers Copyright Agency. He served as chairman of the ASMP’s Copyright Committee and the Business Practices Committee of ASMP/Architecture. He is a two time past president of the Western New York Chapter of ASMP. Jim is an Allied Member of the Buffalo/WNY Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.


In addition to photography, Jim is a licensed pilot with instrument ratings. He owns a Cessna 150G, and is the past president of both the Aero Club of Buffalo and Chapter 46 of The Experimental Aircraft Association. He is, additionally, a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the International Aerobatics Club. For more about Jim and his photography, visit his web site, http://www.cavphoto.com/.



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