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Biography

H. Rick, an award-winning photojournalist, has a passion for capturing special moments for his clients. For over 40 years, his passion for telling stories through his photography led him to a career as a photojournalist with multiple "hometown" publications.

As a youngster, H. Rick was levitated by illusionist Jack Gwynne during a stage show in Chicago. He received his first camera at the age of 12 and began photographing conventions for the world's largest magic organization two years later. Over the next 36 years, he amassed one of the largest photographic collections of performing magicians.

Bamman was named photo editor for Shaw Media in 2009. As a member of the editorial management team, he managed and coached visual content creators to support them to produce high-quality still images and video content for multiple platforms and products. He served as an effective collaborator between the visuals staff and newsroom editors and producers on both daily and project visual coverage for the Northwest Herald, the Daily Chronicle, the Kane County Chronicle and the Lake County Journal, which serve the Midwest's competitive market outside Chicago. He was also a contributing photographer for Pro Football Weekly for print and for broadcast on WCIU. Bamman joined Shaw Media in 2006 as deputy photo editor for the Northwest News Group, then was assigned to the position of Chronicle NewsGroup photo editor. He played a significant role in the production of award-winning web-based multiplatform projects.

Before joining Shaw Media, Bamman was a photo editor for Pioneer Press. During his 17-year tenure, his duties included managing a staff of seven photojournalists and images for 24 zoned weekly publications covering an area about the size of Rhode Island.

Bamman was previously part of a team of photo editors for The Associated Press in Chicago, editing film for the large daily photo report from AP’s second-largest bureau. He fulfilled picture requests from both members and AP editors and extensively utilized the Electronic Darkroom to monitor flow of picture networks and scheduled movement of pictures offered by bureaus and members in 18 states.

Bamman headed up photo staffs with community dailies in Hammond, Indiana; Louisiana; and DeKalb and Wheaton, Illinois. While in Wheaton, he was active in daily film editing, layout and packaging of stories and photographs and a major contributor to the innovative design of the City Star and the redesign of the Daily Journal.

Bamman’s flilmography includes appearances as a photojournalist in “Will” in1982, with Robert Conrad. He was hired as a still photographer for A. Shane Productions, with his work being used in the nationwide promotional campaign. His second film, “Lucas” in 1986, Bamman was asked by the director to roam the sidelines during a football game scene with Charlie Sheen and Wynona Ryder.

Bamman was a contributing photographer for the Junto Publishing biography “Beating a Dead Horse: The Life and Times of Jay Marshall" and “Del Ray America’s Foremost The Magician For His Time.”

Production Skills & Specialities

Aerial, Corporate, Documentary, Nature, Sports, Weddings, Portrait, Disaster Coverage, Video Editing, Photo Editing, Spot News, Multimedia Production, Still Photography