Brewster leaves legacy of enduring AMC images | Military Scene

The shutter has closed on the profession for Army Materiel Command’s photographer. Doug Brewster of Huntsville, 62, the AMC workers photographer since 2011, retired final month. When he joined the command, the army’s first feminine four-star common, Ann Dunwoody, was on the helm. Brewster documented each momentous event throughout her tenure and has since completed the identical for present commander Gen. Charles Hamilton, and former commanding generals Ed Daly, Gus Perna and Dennis Via. He photographed modifications of command ceremonies, visits from dignitaries and different particular events, together with the 2018 Best Warrior Competition in Fort Atterbury, Indiana, and the Army’s 2014 and 2015 Twilight Tattoo occasions in Arlington, Virginia. Retired Gen. Ed Daly praised Brewster and his work. “Doug was a consummate, quiet skilled who may at all times be relied on to seize each essential occasion, go to and extra,” Daly stated. “Many of AMC’s most prolific moments will stay on via the 1000’s of images that Doug took.” A local of Huntsville, Brewster grew to become all for pictures as a baby. “I requested for a digicam for my eighth birthday,” he stated, including that he at all times spent his allowance on all the things pictures associated. He continued the curiosity as a advertising and marketing pupil on the University of Huntsville in Alabama.  During his senior yr, he accepted a full-time place as workers photographer at Intergraph, a job he held for 15 years. His principal material was pc {hardware}. He photographed prospects utilizing Intergraph merchandise all through the world, together with places in Canada, Europe and the Middle East. In 1996, he based his personal firm, Brewster Commercial Photography, with its first location on the Huntsville downtown sq.. He later constructed a 3,000-square foot studio constructing in Limestone County with an enormous overhead door. The largest factor he ever introduced within the studio to {photograph} was a road sweeper truck, stated Brewster, however the largest factor he ever photographed was a 747 for a German freight firm. He needed to arrange the shot on the runway at nighttime in anticipation of the airplane’s touchdown. “I needed to mild it with out it being there, the place it was going to be once they parked it,” Brewster stated, including that the headlights from two vehicles helped set the scene.   There was slightly strain to work quick from his shopper, who instructed Brewster that “it was going to price them $12K an hour on the bottom,” he stated. Brewster photographed the Buccellati silver assortment for the Huntsville Museum of Art, which was printed in a 2006 e book, “A Silver Menagerie: The Betty Grisham Collection of Buccellati Silver Animals.” In 2013, he served as volunteer photographer for one more e book, “Second Chances Rescue Dogs of Madison County,” a fundraiser for the Greater Huntsville Humane Society. Brewster’s enterprise decreased with the collapse of the economic system in 2008 economic system. He joined AMC as a contractor in 2011 and shortly after closed his non-public firm. “During my tenure with AMC, I had the chance to fulfill and {photograph} some of the army’s highest-ranking personnel,” he stated, “however one of my best pleasures was photographing Soldiers and civilians, offering documentation highlighting their careers, awards, promotions and retirements.” Brewster’s plans for his personal retirement embrace biking, climbing, journey, with a number of locations, together with western North Carolina, Las Vegas, the Blue Ridge mountains in Georgia, and St. John, Virgin Islands, already on the calendar. Brewster and his spouse Rhonda, a proposal supervisor for Sigma Defense Systems, have two canines, Weston (named after photographer Brett Weston) and Cooper.

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