Photography has long held a fascination for Herman Krieger. He worked as a photo lab technician during his teens in Detroit in the 1940s and served as an instructor in the Army Air Corps photo school. Earning a degree in mathematics from the University of California in Berkeley, he spent thirty years as a computer programmer in Europe. Upon retirement, he and his wife moved to Eugene, Oregon, where he promptly enrolled in the University of Oregon earning a bachelor's degree in fine arts. Krieger describes himself as a nonpracticing Jew who has not been to synagogue since he was 12-years-old.