Fowler's photography has provided a visual chronicle of animals and the people working on their behalf
for over almost four decades. As Marin Humane Society's Staff Photographer for 30 years, Sumner
had unlimited opportunities to train his keen photographic eye on all the aspects of animal
Sumner has documented staff and volunteers caring for
animals, shelter special events, children's humane summer camp programs, Humane Officer training exercises,
special care and foster pets, rescue operations and weekly portraits of adoptable dogs, cats and small
Sumner has not only great technical mastery and professional
success, but most importantly, he has empathy for his animal subjects. Not surprisingly, he says that his favorite
photographs, "really illustrate the way I feel about the animal, and they way they feel about me.
When I capture the animal's essence, I feel I've succeeded."
Sumner's work has
appeared in twelve books, been used as cover art, and he has done book jacket images for authors including
Isabel Allende and Deepak Chopra. His images were featured in Best Friends: Portraits of Rescued,
Sheltered and Adopted Animals. His work has been used by prominent humane organizations, published
in numerous magazines, and reprinted by several companies as successful stationary note cards.
Sumner is available as an independent/contract photographer. Contact him directly