“I do not remember a time when I did not have a camera in my hands. Photography has been a constant in my life and I have been fortunate enough to have been able to turn my passion into a career as well,” Wagner says.
After receiving his Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, he began his newspaper career at a small daily on the western slope of Colorado. The American West was not new to him and the opportunity to live there was thrilling. As his career moved forward the next stop was a mid-sized daily in Maryland and finally a large metropolitan newspaper in Virginia. At each newspaper, Wagner earned several National and State Press Photographer awards.
“My career in photojournalism allowed me to explore many facets of my craft from straight news photography, to sports photography, fashion photography, and portraiture — virtually every discipline the medium has to offer. I have had the opportunity to photograph 7 U.S. presidents, British Royalty, diplomatic dignitaries, and countless celebrities.”
“Photography has also given me the gift of travel, allowing me to photographically capture the human and environmental elements in as remote areas as a war zone in Bosnia to the fashion runways in New York City.”
Since 2000 Wagner has been fortunate enough to continue to expand his photographic art exploration. “When I find a need, I have been able to expand my craft and use it to give back to the community by offering my photographic services or images to “pay it forward.”
Wagner has assisted in the furthering of the goals and dreams of a variety of individuals, local non-profits groups, local community theaters and arts organizations using his photographic talents and images through this fund raising.
Wagner and his wife currently reside in Apex, North Carolina