Errol Sawyer Visual Artist
Errol Francis Sawyer (born Errol Stanley Sawyer on August 8, 1943) is an American photographer who currently lives and works in Amsterdam, Holland. Errol Sawyer was born in Miami, Florida. His parents were Robert Earl Sawyer (1923–94), an African-American playwright, whose family emigrated from Nassau, Bahamas, to Miami, and Mamie Lucille Donaldson, an African-American Cherokee Indian, whose family lived in Bainbridge, Georgia. In 1950, he moved with his mother and sister from Miami to New York City, and graduated in 1961 from James Monroe High School. From 1962 until 1966 he studied history and political science at New York University. Greenwich Village exposed him to the world of art and culture, and to chess which has to be a lasting passion. Like so many of his contempories, he absorbed the spirit of the Sixties and refers to the profound impact the concert at Woodstock had on him. In 1968, Sawyer found his vocation as a photographer while traveling in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. He bought his first camera, a Kowa, in 1966 and became a professional photographer in 1971 when he got his first commissions in London.