I have been working in the photographic medium since 1965, and in digital electronic media since 1981. I earned a BA degree in Art at UCLA in 1970, studying with Robert Heinecken and Robert Fichter. I completed MFA graduate work at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York, in 1973, studying with Nathan Lyons. My photographic work has always involved multiple images in structured sequences, often with texts. This interest in sequence and narrative transitioned to one based in digital manipulation of electronic imagery beginning in the early 1980's. I had a book version of the series Seattle Subtext published in 1984, and a catalog to the Seattle Art Museum exhibition "The Machine in the Window" published in 1990. I have exhibited photographic and digital artworks widely, both nationally and in Europe, including major exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Los Angles, San Francisco, Paris and Cologne. I was the subject of a 2003 retrospective exhibition "Paul Berger: 1973-2003" at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, which was reviewed in Artforum that same year. I have been published in numerous books, including Seizing the Light: A History of Photography; Robert Hirsh, 2000; Nash Editions: Photography and the Art of Digital Printing, ed. Garrett White, 2007; and The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age; Sylvia Wolf, 2010.
I have taught at the University of Washington's School of Art for 35 years, having co-founded the Photography program in 1978. I initiated a sequence of digital imaging classes within the photography curriculum beginning in 1985. Although I began photographing in 1965, there is still much left to do.