Jerry Tovo is a married 67-year-old photographer from the Heartland of America. A former Drill Sergeant from the Vietnam era with a minor military disability, Jerry has chosen to take on this incredible challenge.
When Jerry was 56, and already considered by many to be a world-class
photographer, he seized the opportunity to spend seven years in the field
working with some of the greatest photographers in the country as a representative for Kodak Professional. It was there he came to the realization that new digital technology was a perfect fit for the black and white imagery he has so readily embraced. During that time, Jerry found himself diving headlong into combining that new technology with the style of the old masters. He has since refined that combination into a new style that is perfectly tailored to this project.
After becoming aware of the numbers of homeless veterans in this country, it was obvious where Jerry needed to spend his energy. He fully expects that driving across the U.S. will take the better part of a year and has girded himself for the exhaustive travel. The Veterans Administration will be a tremendous help to Jerry in cutting through the mountain of logistics required to complete this monumental challenge.
At the culmination of this year Jerry expects there will be an extensive
traveling Photo Exhibit and hopefully a matching ‘coffee-table book’ of his
evocative images of homeless veterans. Maybe, just maybe, there will be
thousands of other Americans who share his concerns as a result of this tribute.