Contact Preston Ehrler


Photojournalist at ZUMA Press

After living in Manhattan and working in finance for almost 20 years, I became a journalist, writing an opinion column and articles for a Pennsylvania paper. The job morphed into a passion, and I created a MilfordNow, a thriving online hyper-local in northeast Pennsylvania that garnered state-wide attention, and was sold to Straus News in 2016.

I have also worked as a freelance reporter at The New York Times.


I love the beauty and solitude that landscape photography offers. The work of minimalist photographers Fan Ho and Michael Kenna often motivates me to grab my camera and go.

I also enjoy photographing people, and find the associated challenges compelling. Quite simply, taking inspiring pictures of individuals and groups is incredibly difficult–and that makes it even more interesting. Through posed photo shoots, I strive to find something that’s hidden in each person. I believe a great photograph has the ability to elicit emotion; finding that emotion through the lens is the key.

In that vein, I am in awe of great street photography. I am a fan of Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Helen Levitt, Dorothea Lang. I find what these masters have achieved to be beyond words. Their provocative images of people inspire me, and I continue to seek that elusive confluence of subject and opportunity.

Finally, the work of Time photographer James Natchtwey, his on-the-spot coverage of 9-11, along with his work in Romania, Chechnya, and Sudan compels me to move forward as a photographer–to capture what should not be. His transcendent quote, "I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony. The events I have recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated," swims in my head.

Production Skills & Specialities

Documentary, Disaster Coverage, Conflict Coverage, Photo Editing, Spot News, Still Photography