Spencer began his career in 1984 with the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group, where he won two prestigious New York Times Chairman’s Awards for documentary photography captured in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. During this 11-year period, he also won nine first-place North Carolina Associated Press Awards for a variety of news, feature and sports photography.
In 1995, Spencer accepted the position of Director of Photography at the Poughkeepsie Journal, where he managed, at one time, 11 photographers, videographers and graphic artists during his 19-year-career at the paper. As a result, Spencer won four first-place Best of Gannett awards, 12 first-place New York State Associated Press awards and 14 New York News Publisher Association awards, making him one of the most successful photojournalists in the state. Spencer’s photographs have also appeared in countless magazines and newspapers across the country.
While at the Poughkeepsie Journal, Spencer was honored with solo photography exhibits at the James W. Palmer Art Gallery at Vassar College, the Thomas W. Barrett Art Center and the Locust Grove National Historic Landmark estate. In addition, selections of Spencer’s work are held in private collections, including CBS Broadcasting, Inc. and the Ann Morse estate.
During this period of time, Spencer’s reputation for excellence prompted a broad range of assignment work for corporate clients, advertising agencies, real estate companies and wedding couples – all by word of mouth. Spencer is now accepting new clients on a full-time basis.