Married young (nineteen) then divorced (twenty-two) Carroll bought camera and darkroom equipment, turned one room in his two bedroom apartment into a darkroom and landed a job at the local newspaper as a film processor.
Carroll befriended the photojournalists he worked with and their friends. Carroll got the opportunity to associate with a wide range of photographers some worked at the Associated Press some at National Geographic. Carroll found his home.
At the newspaper, Carroll was given the opportunity to write and photograph weekend stories and eventually became a full time news photographer.
Carroll’s goal was to emulate the great art photographers and he looked at and read everything he could get his hands on regarding photography. Carroll even got the opportunity to meet one of his photographic heroes, W Eugene Smith during a seminar at The University of Arizona Tempe where Smith was given and Honorary Professorship for his life’s work with Life Magazine. Smith died a year later from mercury poison he acquired while documenting his greatest work in Minamata Japan where the corporations were dumping mercury into the drinking water.
Carroll volunteered to be the house documentary photographer for the Mabel Shaw Bridges Auditorium Theater on the Pomona College campus. For two years Carroll photographed many famous people including his first photograph of Zubin Mehta. Others included; Mac Davis, Leon Russell, Ella Fitzgerald, Marcel Marceau, Benny Goodman, Danny Kaye and President Gerald and his son Steve Ford, To mention a few.
Carroll was later invited to hang a show of his photography works with two famous artists; Millard Sheets and Betty Davenport Ford. Carroll showed four Polaroid XS-70 images.
In the mid 1980s Carroll found himself lost and floundering attempting to make meaning of his life. As fate would have it, a fellow photographer and friend Charles Michael Murray introduced Carroll to a brilliant graphic designer and artist Harushi. Harushi took Carroll under his wing and not only taught Carroll the inner workings of design and print but also became his mentor in life, work and the study of people. To this day I call my dear friend Harushi, "Sensei".
In the late 1980s Carroll started a graphic design business. His home office was located in Fullerton California. Carroll created brochure designs for California Gym Equipment Company, Sun Ray Boats and Arbek Manufacturing. Carroll’s in house designer Johnny Benson would create layouts from Carroll’s sketches and Carroll would handle all the photography design and then assist Johnny "B"in the final pre-print production work.
Dan Carroll, son of Captain Richard Carroll United States Air Force.
Carroll’s father was a Navigator working on a B-52 Bomber for the Strategic Air Command in Wichita Falls Texas when he fell to his death in the early 1960s.
Carroll was seven years old.
Carroll was ushered to his grand parents in Long Beach California, alone.
Now growing up in Long Beach California without any adult supervision, Carroll roamed the streets and spent a large amount of his time at the now defunct "Pike" a famous fun zone filled with Greasers, Bikers and Bobby-Socks, later documented by famous street photographer, Danny Lyons.
After about a year, Carroll was moved to a trailer park in Tucson Arizona to reintegrate with his mother, her new husband Robert and Carrolls blood related siblings, David, Doreen and Debbie.
The Carroll family moved again and the still preteen Carroll landed in the fourth grade in another trailer park in Santa Ana California, known for its viscous gang rivalries. This fact of life toughened and taught a lot to the young Carroll.
Finally in his teens Carroll ended in a blue collar demographic still in California located in the inland empire as it was called located at the base of Mt Baldy. Montclair California is where Carroll embraced the dramatic arts starting at Serrano Jr. High School then Montclair High school where he also fell in love with the visual arts and earth science.
But that was soon dashed.
In 1972, virtually with the threat of death at the hands of his step father, junkyard dog Bob; Carroll had to drop out of high school. At barely sixteen years old, Carroll had to work full time as a lube technician, painters assistant, flower delivery boy and construction helper to support himself. He rented a room in a house invited by his dear friend Jimmy Wiles. Wiles virtually saved Carrolls’ young life by taking him in as a renter and employee in his plant and flower delivery business.
The house was stationed between the headquarters of the black hells angels’ motorcycle club in Pomona California, a country western bar and around the corner a gay bar. Carroll watched an incredible real world scenarios pass before his eyes every Friday and Saturday night while listening to the first Queen phonographic album. Images burnt into his psyche.
Two years later at eighteen years old, Carroll applied for and was accepted to Chaffey College located in Rancho Cucamonga California where he studied the life sciences with intent on working for the Forest Service in some capacity. Carroll went to school on the GI bill. But in 1977 a federal bill was passed called Proposition 13, this government proposition required Carroll to forfeit his major and graduate ASAP with an AA degree. Carroll chose a photography and newspaper writing course to fulfill his scholastic obligations.
Note during school Carroll was intrigued with works by Susan Sontag, Diane Arbus, Duane Michael’s, W. Eugene Smith Gary Winogrand and the host of photographers sponsored by Alfred Stieglitz.
That’s when it all really started for Carroll as an artist and photographer.
Carroll got the photo bug.
Carroll moved to San Diego California in the late 1980s to sell pre-press and printing. Carroll also met his third wife Gretchen in San Diego while working as a sheet fed print sales representative. Tapped out in San Diego in 1994 Carroll and his wife Gretchen decided to move to Minneapolis Minnesota where he has worked in the graphic design and printing industry.
Due to the crashed economy in 2007, Carroll was forced into early retirement November 2009.
Ever present in the moment as an artist, Carroll carries on.
Since 2009 Carroll has worked as an actor in several feature films and two ABC television shows.
Carroll is presently scanning and printing his catalog of black and white images ranging from street photography, famous people and portraits.
Carroll is an artist, photographer and professional actor.
Carroll’s old school vintage black and white photography is a glimpse into the feel and journalistic style of the late 1970s and early 1980s and you can see the influence of many art photographers in his work.
Carroll can be reached at 612-242-2483 or firstname.lastname@example.org.