Walter A. Pinion

Achievement has always been important to Walter Pinion, who has been an athlete since he was old enough to compete . . . as an individual or as part of a team. Photography has also been a mainstay in his life, from the time he picked up a camera to begin documenting visits to prospective colleges. Believing that he had an “eye” for photography, he took photography electives along with his management courses at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His artistry was rewarded with two fine-art exhibitions at Penn. After retiring from a successful management and engineering career with IBM, Walter decided to pursue his passion for photography by founding Pinion Photography.

The result is a uniquely positioned business that exploits his ability to creatively document social, corporate and athletic events. As both an athlete and coach, Pinion’s credentials are impressive. During college, he earned a position on Penn’s freshman basketball team as a walk-on. He also achieved All-League status as a safety on the University’s lightweight football team.Not content to sit on the sidelines after college, he became a Certified ski instructor and took up distance running, eventually completing 15 marathons. His love of track and fields led him into coaching, where he has personally trained over 100 individuals for marathons and worked with youth track-and-field All-Americans. He continues to be active as a Certified track-and-field coach and as official announcer of U.S. Track and Field at the national level.The advent of the digital camera was the impetus for Walter’s decision to branch into photography. “It’s the perfect vehicle for capturing the immediacy, action, and drama of athletes and sporting competition,” he says. The scope of his business also includes event coverage, portraiture, and candid photography that he calls “Personal Essays.”