onsidering his accomplishments, it's hard to imagine that Morris began shooting professionally a mere 15 years ago.
Born in California and raised in Florida, his career began as
an intern at the Miami Herald.
It was a portfolio that he produced during that internship that won him a one-year scholarship at the International Center of Photography in New York in 1980 - and landed him a par
t time job at the prestigious Black Star agency.
"At that time, Howard Chapnick at Black Star took me on just to help out in the office three days a week," recalls Morris. "I worked there for a year and then they fired me because I was looking at pictures too much and not working enough!"
He did, however, develop a relationship with both Chapnick and Black Star and they remain his agents today. But it was shortly after leaving his job there, during 1984-85, that the ambitious shooter made his first serious trips abroad.
"I made two trips to the Philippines with my own money...and the work that I produced, I showed it to Jimmy Colton at Newsweek and he sent me back - and that's when everything started for me," he says.