Andrea Maritzer Fine has been snapping her shutter for over 30 years. “The thrill of photography is the capture.” Whether it’s a wonderful face, a private moment or a landscape, she strives for form, balance and movement in a piece. “How the eye moves along the image is key. Is there something new to discover each time you view the piece? If so, I’ve succeeded.”

As photographer for the Westport Historical Society, Westport Magazine, Westport Now, Westport Public Library, Westport Country Playhouse, Fairfield County Times and others, she has had the opportunity to photograph the likes of Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Hume Cronyn, Eric von Schmidt, E.L. Doctorow, John Hammond Jr., Gordon Parks, James Naughton, Dorothy Bryce and others.

The beauty of Westport has inspired her to photograph it in all of its moods, all seasons and times of day. Many times she could be seen dragging her tripod and cameras to the beach at dawn for just the right shot of the sky and sea. While direct photographic expression is her primary interest, she occasionally has a desire to “re-create” an image artistically through: line-drawings, watercolors, graphic cut-outs etc., which in many cases express the essence of the image more succinctly. Digital capabilities give her free reign to accomplish these tasks, to the delight of her clients. Andrea also finds a great satisfaction in still life, whether it’s a product shot of a $100,000 diamond ring, a Jade lamp, elegant interiors or merely a still life of rosy pears on linen.

Her approach to photographing special events such as informal weddings, birthday celebrations and other events is photojournalistic. That is, pictures are not posed and the essence of the event is captured with as little apparent interruption as possible.Her work can be seen on the Westport Official Town Web site, at the Black Duck Café, the Westport Historical Society, many private collections in the United States, Europe, Sweden and Japan, Woody Klein’s WESTPORT…A New England Town’s Rise To Prominence, An American Theatre -The Story of Westport Country Playhouse, 1931-2005 by Richard Somerset-Ward, The Art of the Birdhouse, Portraits of Artists and Their Creations,The United Nations permanent collection, Westport and Weston in Vintage Postcards, by William Scheffler, and the Westport Post Office.

Andrea is presently living and working on the central coast of California with her husband.