Photography became more important in the 70s as I studied under nationally known photographers Marion Patterson (Time-Life Photographer) and Steve Crouch (Author of Steinbeck Country and other photography books). I received numerous awards from organizations such as the Palo Alto Camera Club and won 3rd place in the California State Competition.

Business took me around the world providing great opportunities for photography from Africa to Asia.  In the early 80’s I took a position at Hewlett Packard as Manager of Advanced Functions, planning the software products for HP’s computer business. As my career evolved, I built businesses based on my research and in 1989, became Manager of Strategic Marketing for Xerox’s computer business.

In the 90’s I worked as an adviser to the software industry (including Microsoft) and co-founded three software companies just in time to get hit by the economic collapse of the industry.  In these roles, I worked internationally and became a partner in an advisory company near London.  I’ve served on the board of directors for public and non-profit companies.  Loving to teach, I complemented my industry positions with teaching and was an adjunct Professor at Syracuse University for 10 years.

Now, I get to share my passion for photography with you!

My philosophy:  Utilitarian


Photographs are one medium, words another.  Both reflect an underlying philosophy that affects what I see.  For now, a book published this year is the best description of my view:  Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them by Joshua Greene (Penguin Press, NY: 2015).

When photography becomes art so does life

The first computer mouse invented at Stanford, patented circa 1967, and now at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.

Yep, it was carved out of wood and worked well with 2 wheels.


I was born and raised in suburban Philadelphia by parents who loved classical music and the arts.  After completing college (BS, MA), I served in the US Air Force during the Viet Nam war as a Human Factors Scientist.  The training received there was put to use when I went to Stanford Research Institute as a Senior Scientist in the early 1970s. 

My team at Stanford developed the graphic user interface & hyperlinks, invented the computer mouse, and developed the first email system (1969).  I continued research as a Dept. Manager for Bell-Northern Research and published 4 books and over 70 research papers (see                             ).

I was honored to chair several international conferences, serve on editorial boards and give speeches to research and professional groups around the world.

Jim Bair