Jeffery Ted Wachs

Teacher; Academic Director

Photo of Teacher Ted Wachs

Ted Wachs - Director of Photography Ted Wachs began his career studying art and architecture at the University of Minnesota. After a two year break to pursue his dream of becoming a professional skier, Ted returned to Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California to study photography. Majoring in illustrative photography, he graduated second in his class and received Masters points from the Professional Photographers of America for his graduation exhibit.

After graduation, Ted moved to New York where he assisted many of the top photographers in the city. He began shooting fashion and travel photography for Cosmopolitan magazine. Additional clients were the San Francisco Herald Examiner, Bullocks Department Stores, Menswear Magazine, and Penthouse Magazine. Ted’s work with Cosmopolitan took him to Europe on several occasions. He fell in love with the Euro lifestyle and moved to Milan, Italy for two years. There, Ted worked with the Italian publishing company Montadori shooting fashion for the magazines Linea Italiana and Italian Esquire. Ted returned to New York in the eighties and began pursuing a move from still photography to motion picture. After two years of being a production coordinator, Ted joined the film union Nabet as an assistant cameraman and worked with some of the best directors, director/cameramen, and DP’s in the industry. His experience ranged from table top to live action, commercials, music videos, documentaries, episodic television and feature films.

In the nineties, Ted began shooting second unit photography with producers Mark Gurvitz and Jamie Davis for Warner Brothers. For nine years, he shot for the shows “Roger and Me”, “Friends” and “Veronica’s Closet”. More recently he shot second unit for producer Steve DePaul of Steven Bochco Productions for the shows “Brooklyn South” and “NYPD Blue”. During this period, Ted began shooting commercials for Eyepatch Films and has branched off to work with numerous production companies and directors on various commercial projects and short films. These projects have taken him all over the United States and to many parts of the world. He has worked in the air and on the ground, from mountain top to under the sea. Ted’s love of creating images is eclipsed only by sharing his experiences with the young minds beginning their careers in our industry. To this end, he has returned to Brooks Institute as a guest lecturer and instructor on several occasions over the years.

Recently, he has instructed at workshops with the International Cinematographers Guild and the International Film and Television Workshops in Rockport, Maine. For the past two years, Ted has been the Film Technical Director of the Maine Media Workshops, the cinematography instructor of their 9 month Professional Certificate program, and a member of the MFA faculty at Maine Media College. He is currently on the National Executive Board of the International Cinematographers Guild and a standing member of the National Training Committee.


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