Comments on the Photo Essays
- Elaine Pagels
Dept. of Religion, Princeton University
- Peter J. Gomes
The Memorial Church, Harvard University
- Sister Wendy Beckett
Carmelite Monastery, Quidenham, Norfolk, UK
It's a real pleasure occasionally to cut through the pabulum on the
Internet and discover an oasis of creativity. Your good work is the January
"pick" site on the American Religion Links Page. I am proud to feature it.
- Briane Turley
The American Religious Experience
Managing Editor, The Journal of Southern Religion
Not only are you an excellent photographer, but very creative with thoughts,
symbols, and words.. Well done!
-Yuri Koszarycz, Senior Lecturer in Religion
Australian Catholic University
As a Zendaojubap (A Baptist enamored by Zen, Daoism, and Judaism), I thought your parade of
pictures delivered as much insight as Updike's ROGER'S VERSION. Hooray for the juxtaposition and
its service to the great MYSTERY.
- Russell Gregory, Professor of Religious Studies
Beautiful and witty work, thanks Herman.
-Wendy Robinson, Instructor of Ethics and the Internet
Dept. of Religion, Duke University
Love your pictures--laughed until (ummmm....) it hurt....
- Walter Krueger
Concordia University, Portland
I enjoy the artistic humor of "Churches ad hoc". Blessings
on your continued artistry.
- Walter Snyder, Pastor
Holy Cross Ev. Lutheran Church, Emma, Missouri
I visited your home page after weeks of reading your cogent, often humorous
and biting quips on the Atlantic's Post and Riposte. Your photography is
as playful and cogent as your prose. By the way, I pastor a small church
in Washington DC and thoroughly enjoyed your poking through the pious facade.
"Sign of the Crossing" was my favorite.
- Michael Bledsoe, Pastor
Riverside Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.
What a treat to see the images. They are great. You have a delightful
sense of humor.
The calendars are finished. I am very pleased. When I saw your "Churches
ad hoc" I thought they might work on our 1997 calendar. Thanks for
sharing your creativity.
- Mike Pearson, Pastor
Dove of the Desert Methodist Church, Glendale, Arizona
I love it. I am a United Methodist Minister and I'd love to use some of
the photos on my personal page as a link to your site.
- John Brantley
United Methodist Church, Winterville, Georgia
What fun it was to stumble onto these photos! The artistry comes not just
from one medium, but from the combination of your subtle photography and anti-
Pharisaical wit. Really liked "Carpal Deum", but the favorite is "Our Lady of
- Ann Marshall-Nemeth, Supervisor of Women's Ministries
Moody Bible Institute
We enjoyed your collection of photographs. Being a photographer myself,
I appreciate imaginative photography. Thanks again for giving us permission
to use some photographs in The Joyful Noiseletter.
- Cal Samra, Editor
Fellowship of Merry Christians
Would you mind if I posted a picture every week and directed the curious
to your web site for more?
- George Lawson, Publisher
Marantha Christian Journal
Very nice shots. Can we use them in HEAVEN, our web site?
- Michael McCarthy
It' all very playful, tongue in cheek and just a lot of fun
- Pr. Russell Saltzman, Editor
Lutheran Forum Letter
I added your wonderful page to the Religious Art and Photography section
of: Religious Images and Icons, and Art. I really like what you've done!
- Susan Brumbaugh, Dept. of Sociology
University of Colorado
I did enjoy your "Churches ad Hoc" book. You are not only quite talented,
but you have a rich sense of humor. I really enjoy the unique combinations
you discovered and brought to life with your camera. I have added your page
to my personal favorites. All your work is worthy of further study. I am an
amateur photographer and I just like to look.. drink in.. your photographs.
- Ed Rutherford, Pastor
Orange Hills Assemble of God
There's a Noah's Ark church near Seaford, Del. which would make a neat
subject for your page. As a devout Lutheran, I do like your page very much.
Keep up the good work!
- Vera W. Rieck
Your site is really great- amusing and thought-provoking. And I find
myself especially tickled because it reminds me of something in my own
life. My father and step-mother own/run a business that is a Beauty Salon/Church
in Savannah, Georgia. She does hair and preaches and he holds a Sunday
Mass in the back room. I found it utterly hilarious that the supply closet
was also used as a confessional of sorts.
Funny and quirky and quite charming... If you're ever in that area, you
should check it out.
- Tasha Jones
We think that your photos are clever and you obviously have an eye for
your surroundings. Would you mind if we used some of your pictures for
church related ministry mailings (ex. a letter of encouragement for somebody
who is down).
- Greg, Tara, and Mikayla Rye
Happened to find a link on the Rainbow Humor page & found your talent
& humor VERY refreshing! Kudos to you for showing that God, too, has
a sense of humor. I Love "Immaculate Delivery" and "Pope's
Answer to Luther".
-Preacher's Kid from Massachusetts
Your portfolio on churches is very well done. As a preacher's kid, I find
more humor AND truth in many of your comments.
- Paul D. Molyneux, Ohio
How nice to see your work. I saw one of your exhibits in Eugene some
months ago and wrote to you then, and was happy to receive your reply.
Nice to see your exhibit on the Web. I found the link in ANGLICANS ON-LINE.
What an eye, and what a theological sense you have.
-J. A. Frazer Crocker, Jr.
We saw your terrific display at the Cornerstone Festival. Your web site
is wonderful! When a book is available, please post a message on the Usenet
rec.music.christian newsgroup. A whole bunch of the newsgroup folks really
enjoyed your work.
The great majority of all readers will be thoroughly entertained and engaged by the pages of this largely photographic volume. As you read and study the photos in "Churches ad hoc", you
will be drawn to the subtle, the common, and the humorous as the vehicle by which religion
is seen as universally evident.
Rev. Ann P. Adams, Reviewer
UMC Baltimore-Washington Connection
Where were you when I was desperately searching for a photographer to provide illustrations for my book? (I wish you'd written the review too. At
least you have a sense of humor!) Thank you profusely.
Ron Grimes, Dept. of Religion & Culture
Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
I have added a link to my web site, and have alerted various forums of Episcopalians.
I particularly like what you did with St. Bart's in NYC. I ate in that cafe, but also had the main Mass as well.
Louie Crew, Prof., English Dept., Rutgers
Chair Newark Deputation to ECUSA
We laughed quite a bit especially at the "Plenty of Gas and Hot Air". Your photographs reminded me of the verse, "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light," Matt 6:22 and the verse right before it. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." God bless you!
Christian Renewal Ministries
I really enjoyed your photo essay on churches. Great work. I made a Bookmark for the classes I am teaching here.
Bjorn Krondorfer, Assoc. Prof. of Religious Studies
St. Mary's College of Maryland
I find your photo essays truly delightful.
Fred Niedner, Professor of Theology
Valparaiso University, Indiana
It's a brilliant and wonderfully funny book. Here at the office we are loving
your photos. They add a graceful touch of humor, which those of us in the liturgical
renewal movement need these days.
David Philippart, Editor
Liturgy Training Publications, Archdiocese of Chicago
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to your website. I'm a photographer, too, and have been for about 55 years. You've given me some ideas for photography. Better yet, as an Episcopal priest, you've given even better ideas for sermons!
Fr. John Elledge, Rector
St. John's Episcopal Church, Havre de Grace, Maryland
My favorite was "The Pope's Answer to Luther".
Brett Younger, Pastor
Broadway Baptist Church, Ft. Worth, Texas
Hee-Jin Kim, Professor Emeritus
Religious Studies, Univ. of Oregon
I enjoyed viewing the photographs and I think the church photos would be particularly
enjoyed by Unitarian Universalists. I would like to display some of the photos on our site.
Eric Einem, Webmaster
Unitarian Universalist Church in Fullerton
You have a clean eye and a wry sense of hubris. I liked it!
Rand Winburn, Director
Protestant Reformation Publications
Your "Churches ad hoc" photo essay was brilliant! Your just-off-center perspective is a
refreshing drink of laughter for thirsty Christians everywhere.
Jerry Dodson, Pastor
Northside Presbyterian Church, Melbourne, FL
Wonderful Photojournalism poking fun at the church world! As a Pastor of an Evangelical
congregation, I find it refresing to look at our self-imposed seriousness and laugh out loud!
Rev. Dr. Kenneth P. Beres
Bristol, Rhode Island
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. You have brought me grace, refreshment, hope, giggles, and
intellectual stimulation. Your message was such an oasis in a sandstorm of hate from
fundamentalists and others of limited imagination.
The Rev. Mark E. Stanger
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA
Rev. William Sloane Coffin
Martin E. Marty
I enjoy your photos very much. They are beautiful - I will return to them again and again. You
have a generous and warm way of seeing life.
Fr. James Stephen Behrens
Monastery of the Holy Spirit, Conyers, Georgia
Your photographs are interesting in a number of different ways. You must have had fun writing
the captions. I am adding "Churches ad hoc" to the American Bible Society Library.
Jacquelyn Sapiie, Library Services Supervisor
American Bible Society, New York, NY
Mill mercis pour ces incroyables photos et légendes !
Gilles Castelnau, Pasteur
l'Église Réfermée de France
Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong
Morris Plains, New Jersey
Thank you for letting us use the photo, "Disestablishment", for our book cover!
Rebecca Vaughan-Williams, Biblical and Religious Studies
Continuum Books, London
Thanks for calling your "Churches ad hoc" to my attention. It is truly divine comedy. Your eye for visual irony provides a welcome relief from the all-too-often somber self-righteousness of religion. And your wit is a worthy complement to the aphorisms of that first-century Jew from Nazareth, who delighted in puncturing the pretentions of the super-pious.
Mahlon H. Smith, Dept. of Religion
Rutgers Univ, New Jersey
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori
Episcopal Diocese of Nevada
Fine black and white photography of American churches, with some very witty captions.
Nominated as the 'site of the month'.
Trevor Cooper, Council Chairman
The Ecclesiological Society, New Malden, UK
Amazing and artistic photos with articulate and thought-provoking
captions make a wonderfully witty and entertaining opus. A thousand
To be sure, "The Pope's Answer to Luther" was my favorite.
Somewhere I have a picture of an old church and graveyard. Two jets have
gone by and created a large, vapor trail "X" above the church.
It only awaits a caption by you.
-Larry Logan, Editor
Thank Herman, I just visited your site and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
It's. among the best examples of satire on the Internet.
-J. Michael Raymond, Editor
It's a superbly entertaining site. You've got an original talent there,
and I'm glad to see its fruits on display in the public domain. Your captions
made me laugh out loud. I particularly liked "Church of the Rising
Son". Splendid, splendid. If there's a book, I'd like to know where
I can get it from.
-Jim Barratt, Editor
A beautiful collection of photos showing the lighter side of church
facades. Extreme pun warning.
-Jos Claerbout, Editor
Culture Wars 101
Thanks for carrying on the tradition of laughing at religion!
Eugene Atheists & Freethinkers
Enjoyed your photos tremendously. Especially chuckled at "Half
Creed". And, an added dividend....the views of SE Oregon.
Ethical Humanist Society of Greater Chicago
Enjoyed the humor of your site and hope you make it a book
Humanist Association of Canada
You're nuts, man. I really liked your site. There's way too many really
complicated religious sites, but your's is just simplistic and hysterical.
The more I thought about it, the more I had to laugh at things like your
Flouridated Baptisimal. And those damn trees of heaven, we had those in
our yard when I was a kid and had to rake them up, those goddamn trees
What a HOOT! Your work was great and I had a very enjoyable time checking
out your web site.
-Kova, a friendly freethinker
I truly enjoyed your site; as atheist, I laughed hysterically at the
satire of common biblical quotes. If you ever publish those pics, I'll be
among the first to buy a copy.
You manage to capture the essense of the hypocrisy that fuels all religions
in a very clever and humorous style. Are your photographs only to be found
on the net?
I enjoyed the creative composition and captions. May I use a few of them in our eMagazine?
In the March issue of MindKites, the Fringe d'Art will feature "Churches ad hoc". What Krieger has managed to capture in this book is the sometimes absurd ways in which we perceive religion, demonstrating it's pervasive influence in our lives. Superb photography is complemented by a keen eye for comedy.
-Isabelle Carruthers, Creative Director
MindKites: Perceptions on the Fringe
It is refreshing to encounter a site whose art and wit remind us that,
beneath our disparate ideologies, we are all human and can enjoy the
grand fellowship of laughter together. My compliments on your artistry, but even more so on your marvelous tact and subtlety.
-S. A. Joyce
Thanks so much for your "Churches ad hoc". I love it! I got the idea for "America's Joyous Future"
from looking at church signboards in New York and Los Angeles. It was great to look at churches
through your eyes--and lens.
-Tom Flynn, Editor
-Robert Darnton, Professor
Dept. of History, Harvard University
-James Kilpatrick, Columnist
The Writer's Art
A sometimes irreverent photo essay on churches draws a variety of
responses. Christians see devotion. Atheists see satire. Photographers see
To the diverse, boisterous masses of the Web, Krieger contributed a unifying
icon, an image that was a success not because he set out to make a point, but
because he didn't.
-Rebecca Fairley Raney, CyberTimes Columnist
The New York Times, Nov. 16, 1997
-Peter Berger, Director, The University Professors
Leo Baeck College, London, UK
-Eileen Barker, Professor of Sociology
London School of Economics
Krieger has a knack for seeing the funny juxtapositions between churches and their surrounding, and coupling the photos with playful captions.
-Paul Buckley, Religion writer
The Dallas Morning News, Nov. 21, 1998
A funny commentary on faith...doesn't preach to the choir.
-Carol Muller, Book Review Editor
San Jose Mercury News, Dec. 27,1998
A double take on church and culture, which plays with words and images.
-Sandi Dolbee, Religion Editor
San Diego Union-Tribune, Mar. 5, 1999
Krieger has an uncanny ability to come up with titles that often perfectly
set off the content of the photographs. They often gave a wry twist to
the point being explored in print.
-Fred Crafts, Critic at Large
KUGN AM&FM, Register-Guard
Herman Krieger has managed to capture the humorous side of religion and church... I found myself laughing out loud as I browsed through the pages of this book on my flight to Dallas. I passed it on to others on the flight who were wondering what I was laughing about.
-Amy Nicole Urbanyi, Book Reviewer
I love your work! I have created a link to it from my "Divine Signs:
Connecting Spirit and Community" homepage.
-Dr. H.L. Goodall, Jr., Professor and Head Dept. of Communications
Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro
I love your church photos and the idea that you've used images of religious
institutions for satire and in a humorous manner. A very nice eye! I'd love
to use one of your photos in the next edition of my book on visual communication.
-Arthur Asa Berger, Professor of Communication Arts
San Francisco State University
Under några veckor har vi publicerat bilder under vinjetten Kriegers
Bilder med lite kluriga texter.
Du som har tillgång till Internet kan se hela fotografen Herman Krieger
utställning av kyrkobilder och andra bilder från vardagslivet i
USA på hans websida "Churches ad hoc".
Herman Krieger berättar för SvD att många, både
troende, agnostiker och ateister, roas av hans kyrkobilder med
vidhängande texter, som år lite av en satirisk reflektion kring
religiöst liv. Herman Krieger har arbetat 30 år i Holland och
även besökt Sverige.
Dock har vi inte kunnat hitta några svenska bilder i kollektionen.
Däremot, berättar han, är svenskar och andra européer
oftast bättre än amerikanerna på att se de dubbla (ibland
trefaldiga) meningarna bakom bildtexterna.
Svenska Dagbladet, 26 oktober 1997
We enjoyed your humorous photos of churches. It will be a challenge
to conceive of the right book or calendar applications, but I anticipate
that viewing your work will be a treat.
-Dan Van't Kerkhoff
Baker Book House
What fun! I am amazed that you've found such a lot and seen the potential
in these sights as well. Something ought to be done with this. I'll try
to think what.
Your works are great! Not just the composition and contrasts, but also
-Rachel McGrath-Kerr, Dept. of Communications and the Arts
Wow! Thanks so much for a wonderful Sunday surprise.
-Claire Stracke, Dept. of Language and Literature
Augusta State University
Enjoyed particularly "Sign of the Crossing".
-John Talbot, Dept. of Latin and Greek
I loved the photos and your captions are wonderful. If you don't mind, I
am going to add a pointer on my class syllabus website, Popular American
Culture. I am hoping that just as the readings I ask my students to read
leads them to synthesize and draw their own conclusions, access to your site
will lead them to a similar "thinking" process.
-Gregg Thumm, Dept. of English
West Virginia University
I just saw your photographs on your web page, and they are incredible.
I especially liked "No Opiate of the Masses". In our internet
literary magazine we publish two pieces of prose or poetry every two months,
along with the best art pieces we have found. I hope you choose to submit
something. It would be much appreciated.
-Sasha Paradis, Coordinating Editor
I think this is a very impressive collection of church photographs, but
it needs a text and some sort of continuity or structure inorder to make a
-David R. Godine
Godine Publisher, Inc.
"Churches ad hoc" is now linked to my satire page.
I've always wanted to find out more about satire in the visual arts, but
haven't looked at much more than Hogarth. Thanks for pointing me toward
Goya and Dadaism -- an attractive prospect for some rainy summer days in
-Dr. Brian Connery, English Department
I've just been looking through your excellent pictures. I would like to use some of them in an environmental magazine we produce in London, UK.
-Gavin Khanna, Deputy Editor
I really like your pictures. They have a great wit about them. I would like to feature a picture on the main page each week of our eMagazine.
-Ashley Meyers, Editor
SourGrapes.org, Social and Political Satire
Studies in religion can be ponderous and "heavy". Herman Krieger offers an
alternative with his essay of religious life in the U.S. His photos and captions demonstrate
a sharp eye for wit, humor and irony. In many ways, the essay functions as a projective
test-- whatever your views regarding religion, you will find photos that bring a smile
to your face. It's a kind of Rorschach test for one's spirit and humor.
-Michael Nielsen, Assoc Prof.
Dept. of Psychology, Georgia Southern Univ.
I enjoyed the photographic essays. Some - particularly those taken in shopping malls - reveal
something about the increasingly homogenized and corporatized public spaces in the U.S.
-James Hayes-Bohanan, Assoc Prof.
Dept. of Geography, Bridgewater State College
In an upcoming issue of Illinois Labor Market Review, we are featuring a story on the economic
impact of prisons. Would it be all right to use an image from your site in the story? You have
taken some lovely pictures. I'm glad to have stumbled across your site.
-Rachael Halloran, Editor
Illinois Labor Market Review
Not only do I have an interest in satire, but also in photography. I love your work!
I'm contemplating ways to have my students use your site in order to "see" examples of irony,
juxtaposition, sarcasm, metaphor, alliteration, literary allusion etc.
-Jerome Berg, Language Arts Dept.
Granada High School, Livermore, California
You are doing what this medium should be all about.
-Rod Amis, Editor
G21: The World's Magazine
I assigned my cultural studies class at Brooks to create their own photo essays. I liked
your site so much that I provided a link to the site as an example of successful Photo Essays.
-Timothy W Scholl, Prof. Cultural Studies
Brooks Institute of Photography
I love the way your photos reveal the irony of everyday life. You have a great eye
-Lawrence Wilson, Managing Editor
Wesleyan Publishing House
What a treat! Don't usually see lovely photographs, humor, and religion all combined!
-Lizabeth Cohen, Director, Center for American History
I'm doing some research for next season's Oregon Art Beat and stumbled
across your wonderful website of photo essays. Delightful work.
I am sending you a VHS Video Cassette of the show, and a PAL version for your daughter in Holland.
Hope you like it, We've received lots of positive response already.
-Mike Midlo, Producer, OPB Oregon Art Beat
Thanks so much for the [Mall-aise] photo essay. May I share it with the students
in my consumer society course? In fact, all the photo essays are fascinating.
Congrats on your skillful eye.
-Sharon Zukin, Professor of Sociology
Brooklyn College, CUNY
I greatly enjoyed your photo essay, "Mall-aise". I edit a quarterly newsletter that explores
the link between consumerism, the environment, and our quality of life. I was very impressed
with your eye, your sense of humor, and your ability to connect many of our issues by
capturing simple consumer moments with such creative flair.
-Jennifer Errick, The Center for a New American Dream
Takoma Park, Maryland
Your site is delightful --- the Mall-aise pictures are tragically funny. So many depressed
people in those places.. "Tuned In" and "Tuned Out" made me laugh. And the Hamlets series is
-Sandy Sorlien, Chair, "Photography and Place 2004"
Society for Photographic Education
I particularly like the Mall-aise series, humorous, damning and sad all at once.
I enjoyed the "Mall-aise" images immensely. Yours is one of the strongest portfolios
and probably the best on the theme of mall ennui I have encountered. Compositionally, mood-wise,
and in regards to rich and deep b&w tones, the photographs have a strong feel of outstanding
documentary photography. Bravo!
New York, NY
-Jim Farrell, Director, American Studies
St. Olaf College
I would like to use some of the photos from "Mall-aise" in my course on consumer culture.
-Andrew Herman, Assoc. Prof. Sociology and Cutural Studies
The images [from "Mall-aise"] lack sophistication and range; the subject is
superficially and selectively seen, rather than offering any insight or
reflection into this cultural environment. The idea of visually exploring the
shopper's 'paradise' is in itself promising; unfortunately, there isn't a real
exploration here. Consumption, advertising and capitalist culture are quite
evident at most malls and could be seen in any number of ways - with humor,
disdain, puzzlement and even sympathy. The photographer has chosen to
depict a narrow range of mall visitors with a cold mean-ness that is so consistent
as to refer to the photographer rather than anything that might resonate with and
inform the audience's experience.
Visual Communication Quarterly
Danke, habe mich köstlich amüsiert. Es ist wirklich eine Malaise…
-Karin Krentz, Wirtschaftsjournalistin
Your pictures are wonderfully grim and really portray the horrors of the mall. We would like to use them in our website. Our compliments also to you on the other essays, especially the Blue River series. These pictures really summarize the feel of the town and show with just a few images the dimensions, both positive and negative, of such a place.
-John Varennes, Editor
I liked your mall webexpo and your pictures very much. I am making a link to them from my home page. Great photos really. To take these kind of pictures you must have an open mind, be a traveller and interested in cultural differences.
-Dominique Bouchet, Professor, Dept. of Marketing
SDU - Odense University, Denmark
I particularly love "Disestablishment".
-Noah Feldman, Professor
New York University School of Law
The subject matter is eclectic, ranging from an essay on churches to one on the Dutch Photo
Festival in Naarden. I personally like the Mall-aise essay. Krieger is not big on words, but the photos
are excellent and compelling.
-Marshall Feldman, Assoc. Professor
University of Rhode Island
I've enjoyed your photographs and would like to publish some of your work alongside
the work of some really great poets.
-Larry Sawyer, Editor
I spent some time on your website, which I must say is FABULOUS!
You are one talented and creative photographer, I would say who
certainly has your own voice and a distinctive style, combining the
visual with verbal humor. You have quite a sense of irony and dark humor.
Some of your photos could have been confused with those of Diane Arbus!
I am enjoying your book, "Churches ad hoc."
-Victor Bloom, MD
Grosse Point Park, Michigan
Thank you for the use of the photograph [for our issue of 'Zoning Practice' on religious
institutions]. Your eye and wit are much appreciated in my office.
-David Morley, Editor
American Planning Association, Chicago, Illinois
From what I've seen so far, I consider Herman Krieger the master of captions: subtle, witty and very, very funny in a way that doesn't get old or become less clever after you have read it for the 10th time. This is a very rare and supremely well-executed craft.
His [Herman Krieger] camera captures, with compassion and wit, the contradictions and the beauty of the commonplace.
-Judy Brody, Graphic Witness
I use your photo essays as models to show how a short caption can still be very effective in communicating meaning, and how a series of photos becomes an essay through the 'thesis' that holds them all together. I also comment on the use of black and white as a strategic choice.
-Paul Shamchuk, Paul Kane High School
St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
I liked your photos very much, both as pure art and also as a study of people and a culture at a particular time.
San Francisco, California
Beautifully composed and witty.
-Dr. Paul-Francois Tremlett, Study of Religions, SOAS
University of London
I enjoyed viewing your work. "Mall-aise" and "A Day in the Life of a Mobile Vet" were among my favorites. I am wondering if you would be interested in coming to speak to my class about the possibilities and challenges of photo essays. Your work and expertise will be very helpful to the students.
-Dr. Alison Schmitke, Education Studies
University of Oregon
-Tom Toles, Political Cartoonist
Herman’s photo essays include everything from candid contrasts to captions that are as corny as anything you’d see in a flea market, but they are neither judgmental nor superficial. Instead, he achieves an intimacy with and understanding of his subjects that is rarely found among other hobby photographers.
But I’m sure he would be the first to say that the photo essays are not about him, but rather about appreciating the small pleasures of ordinary life.
-Robert Hariman, Professor Communication Studies
Northwestern Univ., Evanston, Illinois
Herman Krieger’s "Community Garden" is a heart warming photo, capturing as it does the quiet domesticity of home-growing foodstuffs.
His use of a pinhole camera adds to the timelessness of the act of cultivation.
-Flora Graham, Online Editor
New Scientist., London, England
It was an extraordinary pleasure to see your photography. The depth of understanding in your photography is the height of art.
Your kindness and curiosity is vivid and telling within your photographs.
-William Kinney, Health Sciences Library
University of New Mexico
LaneArts Council, Eugene, OR
Herman, very fine work, again, you do it just right! The Sumpter
images are sumptuous!
You are simply a great photographer. With wit, grace, and fine technical skill.
-Douglas Beauchamp, Executive Director
LaneArts Council, Eugene, OR
On behalf of the staff of Lane County Historical Museum, I would like to express our
appreciation for your time and effors in making such a professional looking photo exhibit
[Blue River Anthology] in our gallery. Shows by people in the community are always a
popular addition to our regular exhibits.
-Evearad Stelfox, Director, Lane County Historical Museum"
I enjoyed looking at "See See Havana". I'm a Cuba art enthusiast, indeed..
- Jill Hartz, Ececutive Director, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
I really like these pictures [from Cuba], Herman.
- John Jeremiah Sullivan, Contributing Writer
The New York Times Magazine
[Church photo captions in "Churches ad hoc"]
Very, very clever and helpful. Thanks, Herman.
-Roy Peter Clark, Vice President and Senior Scholar
The Poynter Institute
St. Petersburg, Florida
I'm delighted to let you know that your submission to Legendary Landscapes has been selected for exhibition by the High Desert Museum! What a striking image, it really made me pause. Your "Panorama of Southeastern Oregon" series is wonderful. Your photos really highlight the beauty of what (I feel) is a largely underappreciated landscape.
- Louise Shirley, Curator of Natural History
High Desert Museum, Bend, Oregon
I organize a monthly meeting about literature, art, history... in a bookshop called Traficantes de Sueños (Dream Leaders) in Madrid. On February 10th, we will welcome the Cuban writer Leonardo Padura. We'll talk to him about his latest novel: La transparencia del tiempo (The transparency of time). We've seen your work on Havana on the Internet. We think it's an excellent job and we would like to project some of the photographs in the meeting with Leonardo Padura.
Congratulations for your extraordinary photographs.
I really enjoyed wandering around your wonderful website. It is clear and well-organized.
I really enjoyed the photo collection called “Neighbors.” There are dogs and cats and cars and garages, and
it all builds to a sense of your great affection for these ordinary people living their lives in close proximity to each other.
Your sense of humor comes through in other collections . Oh, and your gifts the top of your homepage is really surprising and funny, too.
-Sandy Brown Jensen, KLCC’s Arts Review Program
I love it. You have a righteous sense of humor.
Center for Electronic Art, San Francisco
I saw your photographs. I love them. Very sharp eyes and mind..!
-Didier de Fays, Fondateur
Photographie.com Magazine, France
I liked looking at your essay! Well done! It's urban landscape, documentary,
and humour all in one.
-Dr. Robert Leggat
Royal Photographic Society
-Prof. Bill Jay, School of Art
Arizona State Univ., Tempe
I enjoyed the site immensely. We'll add a review to PhotArchipelago.
-William Allen, Editor
International Directory of Photography Historians
I just visited your web site and was highly impressed with the good
wit in your photography and your well chosen titles. I invite you to show
this body of work at ZoneZero. Again, my congratulations on your excellent
work. Given that our site is bilingual, we may have a problem translating
your "tongue in cheek" humor into Spanish.
"Churches ad hoc" is very clever and amusing, between the
images and captions. I have shown it to a number of people, they all enjoyed
it. You are a good photographer who enjoys what he does.
-Costa Manos, Magnum photographer
-Christopher and Ruth Burkett
Thanks for sharing your web page...your captions for the church series
are as good as the pictures...love your eye.
Great idea! I'm still chuckling as I write.
My brother sent me a clip about your work that was published in the
Eugene Weekly. It gave your Web URL which I just visited. I love B&W
work, high quality, and good humor. You have them all exhibited on your
page. I will suggest to my colleagues at Photoforum and Photoart that they
also peruse your page for insight into architech and the light touch.
I enjoyed your slant a lot. I think you should put this all in a book.
-James Wintner, Editor
I really liked the panorama photos - I've got an old Horizon camera
like the one in your self-portrait and I love it. Where are your Russia
I very much enjoyed your panoramic photos of SE Oregon. I wonder if
I could trouble you by asking which camera you utilized for these, as I
am hoping to buy a Panoramic camera.
I loved your panoramic photos; I wish I had your skill so that my contemporary
photos of Detroit would look even close. Care to pass along any tips?
I just called up your site and discovered my first web photographic
soul brother - please excuse the effusion. I've just begun to go through
your site but I love your punning combinations of word and image.
Greatly enjoyed your religious photos. I have been documenting our South
Central storefront churchs in Los Angeles, and found your take on churches
entertaining and well thought out.
Wonderful images - many thanks. Sometimes the best photo renditions
only require a viewfinder!
Great shots. I am a newspaper photographer in New Zealand. I have been
trying to organize myself to do a photo essay. Now that I have viewed your
site I have recharged my creative cells and feel ready to go.
Thanks for the wonderful photos. You have inspired me, a strictly utilitarian
photographer, to take another look at the world.
To make a gross understatement, I really enjoyed your homepage. I've
only just started taking black & white photos as a serious creative
pursuit and your photos are a true quirky inspiration to me.
Fantastic work. I am a journalism, creative writing, and photography
high school teacher. My creative writing students used your images as
inspiration for poetry (great way to help teach about "concrete images").
I am also using your site for my photography students - hoping to motivate
them to get out and use their cameras (black and white of course).
-Flint Shoop, Northwest High School
I did like your site. Photo essays aren't as easy to accomplish as many
people think. Yours do what a photo essay should, they give the viewer a
sense of place and character. More than just being nice photos, yours make
-C. Elizabeth Vest, Photojournalism Editor
I thought I would do some surfing while eating my dinner tonight and was
fortunate to end up at your homepage. My favorite kind of photography is
shooting different types of people in everyday life. Your images are truly
I have thoroughly enjoyed your photo essays. It's very refreshing to find such artistic,
humorous, and truthful expressions on the Web.
-Jim Miotke, Editor
SnapShot and BetterPhoto
Although Herman Krieger spent 30 years as a computer programmer, his black and white images exhibit a sense of humor that is too often lacking in contemporary photography. This wit combined with his obvious photojournalism skills produce images that will make you smile while you marvel at his technical and people skills. At a time when photojournalism seems limited to getting the one big picture that runs on page one, the essay appears to have gone out of favor. Krieger's web site should be in your bookmarks so you can see that it's alive and well.
-Joe Farace, Columnist
I am a photography student, and I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your photo essays. I have been recently doing a documentary photo essay myself on a small town in Florida and looking at your work was both inspiring and encouraging. You have an excellent eye for composition and design as well as a sense of humor.
Your work is captivating, emotional and spontaneous. I would like to make a suggestion; Your
images speak volumes on their own. Therefore, try leaving the captions out of one of your essays.
Your photographs are powerful enough without the catchy phrase below it. Not many photographers
have the ability to be "unseen". You have what I refer to as the "wall-flower gift"!
Voor mij typisch Amerikaanse foto's ze geven voor mij een goed beeld van wat USA eigenlijk is.
Duidelijk in een traditie van Winograd and Frank etc. Het bookje maar ook deze foto's van de
kerken geven een verrassende invalshoek ten opzichte van religie en geloofsbeleving. Het is erg
mooi dat mensen met verschillende levensopvatting hun eigen draai aan de foto's kunnen geven. Dat
betekend dat de je als kunstenaar geslaagd bent om mensen hun fantasie in werking te laten treden. De andere essays zijn erg goed, mijn persoonlijke voorkeur gaat wel naar de niet men's foto's. Volgens mij ben je erg goed het spotten van menselijke sporen maar ook de portretten mogen er zijn. Je werk herinnerd me enigszins aan het werk van Max Pam, een soort verbazing over de dagelijks dingen.
-Pascal van Heech
London / Amsterdam
Fantastisch gedaan, ik denk dat er maar weinig mensen op het FotoFestival Naarden zo'n mooie
fotodocumentaire over het gehele gebeuren hebben gemaakt. Iedere keer als ik naar je site kijk
krijg ik steeds meer waardering voor wat je voor het fotofestival fotografisch gedaan hebt.
Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
Herman Krieger fotografeert geen sonsondergangen of bloemen in de achtertuin, hij maakt 'essays'.
De onderwerpen vond Herman in heel Amerika en elke foto is een combinatie van een aparte
situatie en een passende of spitsvondige ondertitel. De stijl is documentair en de zwartwit foto's
zijn met sorg gemaakt. Door het grote aantal samenhangende foto's is een bezoek aan de site
meer dan de moeite waard.
-Mark Moed, Online Editor
Your wonderfully lighthearted, psychologically numbing Mall pics, I just love them.
You have a proper Soul!
Santa Maria, California
I defintely rate this site "G" (for groan). The late great Issac Asminov noted that one never laughts at a great pun, one groans. He considered it the most original form of humor (a sentiment that I share). Wonderful images, a wicked good sense of humor and an attention to detail that's second to none. Thanks for putting this site up!
I enjoyed your display. You are truly, a very prolific photographer with a
good eye for people.
-Dick Kraus, Staff Photographer (Retired)
Newsday, Long Island, NY
En effet, vos photos sont magnifiques!
-Pierre Wetzel, Photographe
Bravo pour vos images et votre sens de l'approache humaine.
I'm full of admiration for your technique! It is a pity not to have such a teacher here.
I would be very glad to see you and your photographs in Poland!
Your photographs are amazing. I would like to use some of them at various intervals in
the magazine gallery.
-George Fiotakis, Art Director
Fotoart Magazine, Athens, Greece
Your images combined with the use of captions simply bowled me over. A truely wonderous
site to revisit to lighten one's heart.
-Andrew Bellis, Staff Photographer
Greater Manchester Weekly News, UK
I really enjoyed viewing your photographs. Many photographers have made photos that
record a event or place that follow all the "rules", however, their images lack a
relationship in the subject matter that will be viewed as amusing, or that provides
commentary. You have the gift that is very hard to come by and that is the ability to
see relationships that most of us would have missed. When I view your photographs I
am reminded of Elliott Erwitt's work.
Herman Krieger entretient la tradition du photo-essay. Il port son regard sur une
Amérique d'hommes et de femmes dans leur quotidien ordinaire. Ses images sont avant
tout message d'amour et de simplicité.
-Pascal Nieto, Editeur
Your work is on a very high level! It is more interesting and also has many unique
qualities which places it far above the ordinary.
Soest, The Netherlands
As a fellow photographer, I felt compelled to let you know how much I enjoyed this series
of photos. They're fantastic. Full of ironic juxtapositions and clever commentary. Funny and sad
at the same time.
Victoria BC, Canada
Your images are great!---nice abstract qualities combined with irony, humor and pathos.
Very engaging shooting. I really enjoyed the images.
Your photo essays are amazing! I enjoy your b&w work very much - the pictures themselves
are very good. But the way your stories are built up, the themes, the hidden stories in everyday
life - the way you are expressing your observations are simply amazing.
Vous avez une photographie qui me plaît beaucoup. Sous un aspect très
"calmement photographique", vous avez une grande profondeur critique. Votre
humour permet de poser les vraies questions...
I watched the story about you on the OPB TV "Oregon Art Beat" program. It was so good! Your work is so productive and important! Wow!
Very, very enjoyable photo essays. Your witticism makes me laugh, I especially liked your pictures of the Naarden Festival as they aptly capture the essence of that photo fest.
-Hans van der Est
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Photos with the satire of Robert Frank combined with Elliott Erwitt's humor.
Thailand / New York
I really enjoyed looking at your work.
-Roger M. Richards, Editor
Digital Vision Network
I absolutely love your photographs. They remind me in some ways of Nathan Lyon's work.
Gary Winogrand also comes to mind, and I love your sense of compostion. Thank you for sharing it.
Sante Fe, New Mexico
Great job, great titles, and a great sense of humor. Our photography
majors will certainly make use of your work.
-Jim Raymo, Dept. of Art
Wayne State University
I found your work most entertaining and worthwhile. Your portraits are strong,
direct, and honest - with no pretense or imposed stylization as in Avedon's America West.
San Antonio College
Being a Dutchman I appreciated your contribution "Fotofestival Naarden"
on Focusgallery. However, I did not know that you shot many other photo essays
containing lots of humour. Your imagination for composing so many witty frames
and adding sharp titles seems to be unlimited. My favorite is "Immaculate Delivery"
in the "Churches ad hoc" essay".
I just visited your site, "Day in the Life of a Veterinarian", and really enjoyed it. I couldn’t resist viewing your other work as well and loved Churches... I don’t need to tell you how clever you are with your titles or what a wonderful eye you have. But at the very least I will say that you held my attention which is rare these days.
-Bev Spark, Fine Art Dog Photography
Very nice work. I thoroughly enjoyed traveling around your wonderful website.
Chapel Hill, NC
I really enjoyed viewing your work. Hopefully, your stunning work will inspire these young photographers from around the globe to put the emphasis into the strength of the image and not try to rely on music, text, and other special effects.
-Jeff Greene, Microsoft Pro Photo Community
Herman Krieger has a really good knack for really bad puns, But for all that, I think he's done a pretty darn good job in this set of documenting the look and feel of a very typical Murkin experience—the mall visit. But hey, even a couple of the puns are pretty good—"Mall Nourishment," for example.
I often wonder why [other] photographers don't care more about documentary projects, and don't care more about the ordinary lives of ordinary people.
I find Herman's documentary photography poignant: the settings are usually plebeian but the people look honest and friendly. I feel Herman's presence in his pictures: people seem to face him openly and with good humor. I'd love to see him work. He clearly has a knack.
Herman is a great "pure" documentarian in the tradition of Milton Rogovin. I always enjoy looking at Herman's plainspoken but insightful reports of the people and places he sees.
-Mike Johnston, The Online Photographer
Wonderful set of pix-great eye-reminds me of "the decisive moment"--beautifully captured and-well seen, but you should be punished for your captions.
While I was going though the site & looking at the images, I somehow
couldn't help but think about all those great photographers & their
images capturing America thoughout the decades, Robert Frank, Walker Evans,
etc., etc. etc., ....but then I thought your images "are" the images of "these"
decades & then I somehow "stopped" thinking about others. Its a great
body of "continuity", & of course the sense of humor always stands
out. I for one, would like to think everyone is a Street Photographer
but in reality, only some "are".
Enjoyed very much looking through your photographs, particularly your images of malls. I've been there--done that, photographing malls in the mid 80s. What amazes me is how nothing has changed throughout the years. And your talent by way of humor make these painfully banal habitats a vibrant subject matter.
-Prof. Stephen DiRado, Arts Dept., Clark Univ.
Hi, I'm a beginning photography student at the University of Alabama.
Browsing the internet for rural/documentary photography and I came
across you and I'm pleased I did. Many of your images resemble work
that I have done and after looking through your collection I must say
that I feel accomplished in a sense being that you're very talented. I
find myself driving through run down towns and along small country
roads in search of lifestyles lost to urban society. I just wanted you
to know I appreciate your work and you've given me the inspiration to
keep shooting these lost scenes!
I love your [Blue River Anthology] essay, especially "Pat Stanley" and "Jan Fleshman". Knowing that you made those pictures without the luxury of "chimping" makes them all the more enjoyable.
I love your "Churches ad hoc". Wonderful sense of humor with a gifted eye for compostion.
"Disestablishment" sums it all up.
-Stephen Crowley, NY Times Staff Photographer
It was a pleasure having an opportunity to visit, however briefly, with you during my presentation and exhibit in Eugene. I truly enjoy your "Churches ad hoc: A Divine Comedy" book. What a wonderful sense of humor you have! I congratulate you. I enjoyed looking at your website, by the way.
-Peter Goin, Professor of Art
University of Nevada, Reno
Photographer Herman Krieger captures the overlooked moment of the everyday with subtle flair, a keen eye for the human condition and no small amount of humor. His environmental portraits share an aesthetic thread with noted “street photographers”such as Lee Friedlander and Garry Winogrand.
-David Staton, Director, Springfield Art Museum
I find your work of absolutely excellence. I just love it. I took the liberty of making a post on my blog about you.
"His works depict a hidden, sad, decaying and lost face of America - an image that apparently has nothing to do with Hollywood, George Bush, NASA or Empire State Building. Is it or isn't it? I immensely love the work of Mr. Krieger. Apart from the sadness and nostalgia, his images are full of a tender humour... His site is a must see."
- Cristian Crisbasan
I really have enjoyed looking at your photos. You've done a wonderful job with "environmental portraiture" with all those shots of people in small town [Blue River Anthology] settings . In addition, the black and white tones are rich and its refreshing to see someone shooting in the square 120 format. I've always thought that the square format is a great way to break that vertical/horizontal way most photographer tend to think.
- Ed Deasy
I have seen some of your pictures for years and I think you're a great photographer. I do like very much your B & W images.
- Jose Manuel Serrano Esparza
Leica Historical Society
Nice church photographs. Hysterical captions. I also liked your rural photographs. I'll pass these along to my colleagues.
- James Estrin, Senior Staff Photographer, NY Times
New York, NY
Your site is enchanting in every way. Just loved it.
- Mike Plews, Chief Photographer, WOWT-TV
I like your site - lots to view, and the pictures are really good. It's a personal site, not a commercial one, and I like it for that quality. Not cookie cutter, and it definitely holds one's interest. It's really a terrific union of words, ideas, and images- in a thoughtful, humorous manner.
- Lloyd Wolf
I very much enjoyed the work on your site, esp. the Hamlets of Lane County. I lived in Portland for awhile and spent a lot of time
exploring the rural backroads of Oregon.
- Stephen Voss
I truly enjoyed your website and would have loved to have see your
work from earlier years (in Detroit) as well.
- Ryan Spencer Reed
I very much admire the rich tonal range you are
able to maintain throughout various lighting situations. Highlight and shadow detail
are there with a good black so no part of the tonal range has been sacrificed to
serve a bias. A rare feat.
- Alan Pogue
Texas Center for Documentary Photography
I love your photographs. Can I borrow some to show them in a post in my
blog? I will link your website in it.
- Cristina Garay
I would like to thank you for the beautiful
photographs on your website. I am studying towards a
Bachelor of Media Arts, majoring in Photography. I am currently working on a
freelance project on a Primary school here in the Waikato district. Your photographs
have inspired me and helped me to structure my project.
- Claudia Aalderink
I really enjoyed the book, "Churches ad hoc", &
appreciate your eye for visual humor. Funny photos are usually contrived but yours
aren't ---you've got a great eye for detail & irony!
- Dale O'Dell
Junction City Junction is a great photo series, Herman! I've heard you say that a place is
all about its people. I think you really captured the place with this,
not just with the whole collection, which makes me feel like I live there,
but each individual photograph also captures a place-and-time nugget.
The images on your site are absolutely beautiful. Love your work.
- Vasil Boglev
It's really quite lovely
all that you're doing, and even more amazing all that you've done in
life. You have a great way with people, and it shows in all your portraits.
- Mike Peters, Staff Photographer
Montclair State Univ., New Jersey
enjoyed seeing your Cuba portfolio. Nice work! It's refreshing to see good black & white work in a place so often associated with color.
- Paul Carter, Asst. Director Photo/Graphics, Register-Guard
Thank you Herman. It was very nice to see Havana through your eyes. They are really beautiful.
You make me laugh, Yes, craters in the pavement are famous in Cuba.
I never photographed Havana's street and now I have some regrets.
i am glad you did it!!
- niurka barroso
Muy bonitas y de gran calidad humana e interpretativa.
- Reinaldo Alvarez, Fondo Cubano de la Imagen Fotográfica
Well, your photographs are fantastic. Such a nice documentary style.
- Dan Callis, Photographer, Havana Workshops
Halifax, NS, Canada
Muy bien ... muy interesante su trabajo
es muy interesante su vida ... donde vive en la actualidad
- Rogelio Portal
I like your website and I really enjoyed your bio, Herman. I think you were wise to do photography before and after, and not try to make a living with it
"in between" during your most productive years.
- Rudy Owens
I admire your work immensely. I viewed your other essays online and really
enjoyed seeing your Eugene images along with the many others. The
compositions are very strong along with the tonal quality of the BW images.
- Phillip Malik
San Francisco, California
I am delighted to have discovered your work and am enjoying studying your photos.
I am sure the visitors to my site would also be really interested.
- Anne Darling
Excellent photos [of Havana]. I love it that you shot in black and white.
Keep traveling - and keep taking photos! You have quite a gift.
-Karin Muller, Filmmaker
Very good images of Cuba! Thanks for sharing them :-)
Vancouver BC, Canada
I have been sitting here in London (hungover) laughing at your captions and
loving your pictures. In the hard bitten of world London photography yours is
a 'site for sore eyes.
"Junction City Junction" is a great example of a self assignment. One thing I like about it is that it has smaller parts. He’s broken the larger project down by street; each street functions equally well alone or as part of the larger whole. Each portion is a manageable chunk while the larger whole provides plenty of room (literally) to expand the project.
And, the photographs are great.
Levando o post do Nanã a extremos: a simplicidade da Ansco nesta experiência do fotógrafo Herman Krieger,
Eheheheheh...podem fazer-se grandes fotografias com qualquer camera! Do ponto de vista da qualidade, estas, tendo em conta a camera usada, estão fabulosas.
-Helcio Tagliolatto (Hjusioli), Moderator Esquina da Foto
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Your Springfield portfolio is a marvel. (Even with those captions.) I seldom see any Americana less pretentious or more...hm, don't know a single word to put in apposition. Compelling? Vivid? Moving? Honest? Serene? I suppose Hemingway would've said "true," but he'd say that about landing a fish. Anyway I guess you know what I mean, since you're doing it, not saying it.
Santa Fe, NM
I've only just started viewing your black and white essays and I have particularly enjoyed the moods you have caught in Mall-aise and your warm and sympathetic portraits in both Hamlets of Lane County and Hobby Field.
What a blessing for us that you came back to photography!
Walton, Surrey, UK
Herman Krieger's camera captures, with compassion and wit, the contradictions and the beauty of the commonplace.
-Sue Coe, Graphic Artist
Herman Krieger of Eugene is a photographer with a great sense of humor, and an eye for the unexpected. Krieger has a talent for finding interesting juxtapositions of subjects, which he arranges in interesting photo essays. His work tends to deal with human relationships, persons in their own environment.
-Hester Coucke, Curator, The Arts Center
I enjoyed looking at your gallery of black-and-white photos shot in Cuba. They were a fascinating contrast to the color images one normally sees from photographers who have visited that country. I only wish I had known of your work when I was preparing my book on street photography. You have a real talent for convey the pace and flavor of a location.
-Gordon Lewis, Photographer, Author
Elkins Park, PA
Congratulations on receiving an 'HONORABLE MENTION' award in Emerald Art Center's 'Photography at the Emerald Autumn Exhibition - 2016'.
Congratulations on receiving a $100 'HONORABLE MENTION' award in Emerald Art Center's 'Photography at the Emerald Autumn Exhibition - 2018'
Your entries are a wonderful display of artistic talent and vision.
-Donald R. Gustavson
I was recently introduced to the work of Herman Krieger, a photographer living in Eugene, Oregon whose web site features a lot of black and white photo essays done with classic film cameras. Krieger uses some very fine classics including an Ikonta 6x6 rangefinder model, and his photos all have a crisp European style which probably can be attributed at least in part to thirty years residence in Holland. Interestingly, that same crisp style carries over to his pictures made with the simplest of cameras, an Ansco B-2 Cadet box camera.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
I loved your photos of Oregon libraries. You are a very good photographer!
San Francisco, California
The series "Churches ad hoc: A Divine Comedy", has just gone live on the front page of Bokeh Bokeh Photo.
The series is hilarious. However, I enjoyed your biography page (ID or Ego) even more; what a great story.
-David Garnick, Editor
San Francisco, California
In partnership with the University of Washington (UW), PNPA seeks to acquire and preserve
significant photographic materials. We are delighted to have your work in the archive, where it is stored at the UW Libraries
in Seattle. Even thought our portion of the greater is collection is in its infancy, you (Herman Krieger) are among very good company,
as we have already included regional icons like Mary Randlett and Craig Hickman.
-Bill Rhoades, President, Pacific Northwest Photographers Archive
[In reference to the forest fires in Oregon in 2020]
Herman, I made it up to Blue River yesterday and the business district is gone. So sad. I'm so glad you have your photographs.
They are wonderful.
At some point, it would be really nice to do a story for the RG about your work and to get the photographs out so folks can see them.
-Andy Nelson, Staff photojournalist
-The Register-Guard. Eugene, Oregon
(Register Guard story later appeared)
I just wanted to tell you I found your photos and have enjoyed them, and your words on the photos sure kept me looking.
I very much enjoyed the experience of seeing "Churches ad hoc". It is a
resounding success, using any criterion-- artistic vision, photographic
craft, intelligence and wit, trenchant social commentary. I'm especially
impressed by the breadth of your audience; clearly your artistry transcends
ideological statements and speaks to people of all faiths, or of no faith.
From our perspective, the wonderful photo "Fetal Position" speaks volumes.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Your photo essay is excellent! It is thought-provoking, insightful, and
Worldwide Marriage Encounter - Worcester, MA
Beautiful pictures. Congratulations! As we say in Hebrew, "kol ha-kavod" (all honor to you).
-Simcha Shtull, editor
Jewish Heritage Online Magazine
I am very fond of Eastern Oregon, so I was delighted with your pictures
of SE Oregon. My favorite is "Summer Storm over Winter Ridge".
Thanks for bringing a chuckle to my otherwise dastardly day! I particularly
liked "A Day in the Life of a Mobile Vet..". "Tripod"
was particularly enjoyable. Your unique sense of humor was only matched
by your photography skills.
I thoroughly enjoyed your B/W photographs of churches, featured as a
link on the Daily Bikini homepage. I couldn't help smiling while looking
at every one of the featured photos and the all important captions. They
ae a lot of fun. You are the Scott Adams of black and white photography.
Nos han encantado tus fotos del trabajo ed veterinarios, si vienes alguna
vez a España sera bien recibido en nuestra Clínica. Very
Centre Veterinari de Tona, Spain
I enjoyed your pictures of both the vet and the churches. I sense a
gift of laughter, a love of all God's creatures and a love for God the
Just visited "Churches ad hoc" and enjoyed VERY much. Happy
I love offbeat religious photography, particularly when Las Vegas makes
a cameo appearance. I did enjoy surfing through your site and will mention
it to my photographer and photojournalist friends. Happy Purim, Have a
Nice Lent, or whatever.
Bravo pour l'originalité.
-Didier Muller, Lausanne, Switzerland
I enjoyed viewing your "Blue River Anthology". I'm a tourist
from Minnesota, now encamped in Oceanshores, Washington for a few days,
checked their website and found your pics. Love this part of the country,
and your work is appreciated.
Who is the vet? Is he married? My vet is a lovely single girl and I
was just wondering.
Your web page is fantastic, as are your photos. I really enjoyed the
very funny and creative titles on your church show. You do seem good at
having fun in your life. I have to get more involved in mine.
Kerken vanuit een vreemde hoek geklieked. Erg sterk! Herman Krieger
heeft vroeger waarschijnlijk to veel met z'n knieèn op een harde
rand bidden of zo. Z'foto's zijn stevig aan de byte maar behoorlijk offbeat.
-Joost vd Hoeven, Maarssen, The Netherlands
I've made a new version of the humor site and I wanted to let you know
I've upgraded your site to three stars. It's really enjoyable
I just have to write and say that I enjoyed your photographs very much,
but think the captions are just too much. Let the images speak for themselves
and I think they will say a lot more than the captions. Sometimes saying
nothing is better than saying something. Sorry if this offends.
I have been going through your web page and I found your photographs
to be brilliant - I had a great time checking them all out. In fact, some
of them inspired me in the possible creation of some cover art for an upcoming
cassette single release for my band. I would like to incorporate one of
your photographs in the artwork. We are a very small band, and the cassettes
will be of limited release.
I called the phone number that's on the billboard in "Papal Audience",
I loved it!!!!
We enjoyed your photos. Do you have info about how to purchase your
book? My wife is a book distributor.
Thanks so much for "Churches ad hoc". This is one of the most
unusual web site I've seen. The captions are marvelous! And what is it
about black and white photography that makes it so appealing? I'm very
impressed and will tell my friends. I'm off to visit some of your other
Thank you for the interesting pictures I used in a didactic course about
Veterinary Biosafety; in particular I used the operatory setting.
-Dr. Sandra Mazzoli
Univ. of Florence, Italy
Love your photos on the web site.
-Daniel Horowitz, Director, American Studies Program
I loved the website. I have linked it to my own webpage.
-Richard Wilk, Professor, Anthropology Dept.
I enjoyed the website and will share it with my students.
-Jo Paoletti, Assoc. Professor of American Studies
University of Maryland
I suppose I must be an "other" since I am a freethinking Christian who is also a photographer and I have been accused of being a word-ly one. So be it. I enjoyed your twisted and slightly irreverent humor in the selections for Churches ad hoc. Each of them ought to be a bulletin cover or a poster promoting church attendance. Thank you for shining the "mote" of your eye upon the beam of our collective eye.
-Richard Edwards, Lost Coin Ministries
A few weeks ago I visited your website and thoroughly enjoyed your pics and sense of humor. I was touched by your remembrance of your dog Fido. Today I had to put to sleep a very best friend, my dog Buddy. Like Fido they shared old age and old fashioned names. I feel the loss of him immensely and know time will heal. I guess I just needed to talk to someone who obviously felt the same about a special friend.
Nova Scotia, Canada
Great and not so great. I have a brother who's in the California Medical Facility in Vacaville.
I've been searching the internet for photos of the Medical Facility my brother is in, but couldn't
seem to find any. I suppose there's not much difference from one prison to the next. Thanks for
your touching photos, they are great.
Very good pictures.
-Dr. Khalid Shouq, Veterinary News & Views
I really liked going through your essays, of course the mobile vet one!
-Dr. Rolf Krieger, Department of Animal Welfare
Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Bonn, Germany
My husband and me are vets in Switzerland with a practice for small and large
animals. We have three children, and I love to watch your homepage with them. The
pictures are wonderful and so typical for our profession. You are really an artist.
-Yvonne von Schulthess
Your pictorial day of a vet is just great. These are absolutely beautiful pictures and
they give a feel for what it is really like.
-Elanor Freeman, Riverside Veterinary Clinic
Bewdley, Worcester, UK
I had enjoyed your photographs that I have seen in exhibits over the years. I thoroughly enjoyed the photos on your site. You manage to strike a careful balance between either being too hard-edged or overly sympathetic toward your subjects. You combine a documentary style with an undercurrent of both warmth and humor that softens the documentary approach. And what a great sence of humor--your captions in 'Churches ad hoc' are as inspired as the photographs!
-David Kelly, City Councilor
I really enjoyed the pictures [Hirer Education]. There's such a desperate strangeness to empty, towering college stadiums...especially in black and white. I think "Affirmative Action" is my favorite
-David Epstein, Inside Higher Ed
I especially liked Affirmative Action, Business School, Bush League and the mental health/stadium shots. I did enjoy them. I'm still smiling. Nice job.
-David Kayfes, Sports Writer (Retired), The Register-Guard
Hace usted que las situaciones nos sorprendan y resulten a la vez familiares. La mirada queda "atrapada" en el guiño genial e irónico, tierno e inteligente de sus fotos. Lo admiro profundamente.
-Juan Carlos Valero Lazaga
I appreciate your letting me look thru your assortment of photos.
The sports ones-- especially at the Univ. of Oregon-- reinforce the ludicrous
ironies that flow from that place of unreality.
-George Beres, UO Sports Information Director (Retired)
I would like permission to use an image from "Churches ad hoc" on the cover of Planning & Environmental Law. Your photographs are certainly a work of art! Iconic, as contrasted to the conventional . . . .
-Lisa Barton, American Planning Assn.
Crud, Herman, I just now realized that it's YOUR photography and the fantastically witty captions. That's awesome! They're very, very cool.
-Bill Harris, Gaming Columnist
Your pictures featuring the Riverbank Bike Paths are beautiful and your website is a great resource for people interested
in the bike paths along the Willamette River.
-Peter DeFazio, Member of Congress
Washington, DC, and Springfield, OR
I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your photos of the American mall landscape. They touched me immensely as someone who has been in the retail business for many years and is now about to bring that career to a close. Many memories flashed through my mind as I looked at your photos; images of great stores that once delighted and are now in the past (Hudsons, Crowley's, Jacobson's, Meir and Frank, Marshall Field, and on and on).
-Jonathan Lander, Global Retail Director, Nike Inc.
Your Bio was the most fun I think I've ever seen.
The photo essays, as usual, are great...funny and insightful.
You have not only given us wonderful art but you have also captured our
history and froze it in time so others can enjoy it forever.
- Gerald Hoff, Diversity representative
Univ. of Michigan University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor
I felt the need to tell you that my father Lyle Albertson passed away on the 15th of May of brain cancer. I wanted to say thank you for taking the photo of my father while you were in Junction City . We plan to use it during his service as I and his wife feel that it really captures him beautifully. Without knowing at the time, you left us with a wonderful gift and I appreciate it greatly.
Junction City, OR
Great stuff -- I'm loving the mall photos.
Wow, Your wonderful photo essays were fabulous to see. Thanks a lot.
-John Brombaugh, Organ Builder
Thank you to photographer Herman Krieger, who took the story's photo of Gingold and his son, for sharing this old news clip.
-Timothy Judd, Violinist, Richmond Symphony Orchestra
Thank you so much for the article with your great photo of Josef Gingold!!
He's a legend around here. A phenomenal teacher and an exceptional person.
-Stephen Wyrczynski, Professor, Jacobs School of Music
What an insightful and delightful article. Your photo of Mr. Gingold and George is wonderful.
Prof., Hochschule fuer Musik
You take lovely photos. I looked through many in your photo website. I love all the black and whites.
You have a great eye! Very impressive. You've done such a beautiful job capturing your neighborhood and
the folks that work in the area.
-Kim Williams, Oakway Center
I wanted to take the opportunity to say how delighted I am browsing your website. I’m impressed with your work, and the richness of your biography page is just marvellous!
-Luthien (Maike) Dulk, Graphic Designer
Leiden, the Netherlands