Neil Montanus: His Life & Career

A visual presentation of the life and work of celebrated Kodak photographer Neil Montanus will be given by his son, Rochester photographer Jim Montanus, at St. Ann’s Community at Chapel Oaks.

The presentation will take place Wednesday, October 26 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Chapel Oaks, 1550 Portland Avenue, Irondequoit.

It is free and open to the public. To reserve a space, call (585) 697-6604.

During his epic career with Kodak, which began in the 1950s, Neil traveled the globe, shooting in some of the world’s most exotic locations and more than 32 countries. His resume includes the “best portrait ever” of Walt Disney (still in use today), the official presidential portrait of Gerald Ford, and his pioneering work as a Kodak Colorama photographer.

Now 87 years old, Neil became one of Kodak’s top photographers during the golden age of advertising and arguably its most celebrated. His world travels were covered by local, national and international media and his work featured in Vanity Fair and on CBS Sunday Morning. Articles in the Rochester Times-Union and Kodakery were omnipresent.

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Delivering the presentation will be Neil’s son Jim Montanus, a well-known and highly regarded Rochester photographer himself. Jim will share Neil’s story, showcase his work, and discuss his techniques.


St. Ann’s Community at Chapel Oaks is an active independent living community located on 14 secluded acres in Irondequoit. Residents enjoy the comforts of home with the luxury of resort living, including chef-prepared meals, a fitness center, spa and full-service salon, 24-hour security, concierge service, and a maintenance-free lifestyle. As part of St. Ann’s continuum of care, residents receive priority access to higher levels of care should they need it.


For more information on Chapel Oaks, visit here.



About St. Ann’s Community


St. Ann’s Community is Rochester’s leading senior housing and health services provider, with a tradition of quality care for older adults dating back to 1873. St. Ann’s offers a continuum of care that includes independent retirement living, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care, short-term transitional care, palliative care, and adult day programs. One of the area’s largest employers, St. Ann’s has more than 1,200 employees who are Caring for the Most Important People on Earth.


For more information, call (585) 697-6000.

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