John Welzenbach, a commercial photographer and a founder of the Chicago chapter of Advertising Photographers of America, died April 28 in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He was 64
Born in Port Huron, Michigan, Welzenbach attended the University of Michigan. He launched his studio, Welzenbach Productions in Chicago in 1974. His advertising clients included Hilton, Visa, Nestle, Kellogg’s, Miller and United. He was a founder of the Chicago chapter of the Advertising Photographer of America and, after serving as chapter president, served as the vice president of APA National. Welzenbach wrote a column on photography for the Chicago Sun-Times, contributed to Photo Technique and other publications, and gave seminars on lighting and production at PhotoPlus Expo and through the Dean Collins Fine Art workshop program. His commercial assignments and personal projects took him around the world. In 1996 he published The Magic of Puerto Vallarta (Editorial Mardeki), a collection of his travel photos of the Mexican city.
Welzenbach is survived by his wife, Amy, his sister and mother, his two children and one grandchild. A funeral will be held May 7 in Arlington Heights.
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