Image Works Photography of NJ

About Me


LeRoy C. Applin Jr, a native of Brooklyn, NY, is a commercially trained photographer, having studied at the Germain School of Photography at the Center for Media Arts in NYC. He started his love of photography at the age of 15, in Harlem, USA, the home of world renowned and acclaimed photographer, Charles Van Der Zee. LeRoy fell in love with the natural warmth of the black and white film media, influenced by watching his boyhood favorites, war movies, Abbott and Costello and early afternoon children's programming on a black and white Dumont TV set in his Brooklyn brownstone, given to him by his loving grandfather, Dr. Robert DeCrumpe, a prominent Brooklyn Dentist.

As LeRoy became a teenager, his love of photography and black and white imagery continued, as he developed friendships with other teens with similar interest. Once borrowing an old Minolta SRT 101, from his friend Gerome Mack, his commitment to the art was cemented.

During adulthood, LeRoy utilized his photographic skills as one of the first African Americans to be chosen for the first Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit (SNEU), the Organized Crime Control Bureau's Narcotics Division, and the world famous Manhattan South Detective Unit ( also made famous by TV's Lt. Theo Kojak. "Who Loves You Baby"). After retiring in the mid 90's, he continued to share his love of photography at the world's superstore, B&H Photo, as a professional lighting and 35mm and medium format camera sales consultant, with clientèle ranging from beginning students, Magnum Press corp photographer's and Hollywood's A-Listers.

"When photography is in your blood, you view the world one frame at a time". CLICK