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Balfour Walker - 2017 / 07/26/2017 6:06 pm

Balfour Walker Balfour Walker was born in Philadelphia. Son of a serious amateur photographer, he spent many hours watching his dad print pictures and talk photography. The craft was always there for him. As soon as he took a photo class in high school, the camera became part of his life. “I knew I wanted to be a photographer”. 

When his brother moved from Philadelphia to Tucson, Balfour followed to attend the University of Arizona.

During those years in college, he worked on photography technique and studied the best, always having a darkroom in each rental house. In 1971, he completed his business degree and was ready to move forward.

Directly after college, Balf was hired to go to Europe to do photographs for the Speed Merchants, the first of Michael Keyser's 10 books on motor racing.  This was his introduction to Formula One and sports racing cars. Returning to the relative sanity of Tucson, he showed his car photos and immediately got assignment work in photography for advertising, which turned into a fulfilling career.

There was one more trip to Europe in '73 and '74 to work for Graham Hill and then James Hunt's Formula One teams.  Then back to the desert for good.  He landed in the black building on Sixth and Campbell and formed a partnership with the very talented Chris Mooney.  One of the best people, with a solid work ethic, Chris proved to be a great partner. Balfour Walker/Chris Mooney Photography, Inc. flourished during Tucson's boom years and did just fine during Tucson's slow years.  Right in the middle, there was 6 years of photographing aircraft interiors for Bombardier Aerospace.  

Balf’s work spans the spectrum – from aviation and architecture to food, optics and people, plus in-studio and on-location shoots. Over the year, he has had the pleasure to work with many of the best ad agencies in Tucson, including Taylor Advertising, Wettstein Advertising, Bolchalk Frey, Dubs Tyau, Boelts Brothers, Hilton Myers, LP&G, Strongpoint Marketing and Caliber Group. Together, they have won numerous awards, including Addys, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Best of Show, Judges Choice and Prisma.

“This is the only job I’ve ever had in my life. It’s a lifestyle. I go to sleep thinking about photography and I wake up thinking about photography. I keep up with the latest trends and technologies. I experiment. I love challenging assignments. This is my passion!”