July 19, 1949 – Aug. 8, 2017
Diann Zinteck was ready to start a career in the classroom after graduating from SUNY Buffalo State with a bachelor’s degree in art education in the early 1970s, but she could not find the teaching position she wanted locally.
Rather than move out of town, her interest in photography led her into freelance camera work and a job at Carhartt Photo, first in the photo finishing lab on Broadway, which developed film sent in from drugstores and other locations, then in the attached retail store.
Working there part time while he finished studies at the University at Buffalo was another photographer, Donald Zinteck. They were married in 1979 and became creative and business partners.
They maintained an art and photography studio, Photographics 2, and opened the 1045 Elmwood Gallery for the Arts in the Elmwood Village.
A North Buffalo resident, she died Aug. 8 after long struggle with multiple sclerosis. She was 68.
Born in Buffalo, the former Diann L. Kratzke was a graduate of Lancaster High School. At Buffalo State, she competed in field hockey, racquetball and softball.
In addition to weddings and commercial assignments, she developed a portfolio of fine art photography, which she displayed for several years at the Allentown Art Festival and the Williamsville Art Festival. She also worked in the retail shop at ABC Photo on Hertel Avenue.
She and her husband traveled extensively to take pictures of lighthouses, waterfalls and landscapes on the East Coast and the Appalachian Mountains. One of their photographic expeditions took them to New Zealand.
They were members of the Buffalo Science Museum Camera Club and the Twin Cities Camera Club.
“We were lucky to share so much of our lives doing what we wanted,” her husband said.
Among their collaborations was the poster for the 2010 Buffalo Garden Walk, a photo of a bright, colorful columbine blossom against a dark background showing downtown Buffalo in silhouette.
“She did the flower,” her husband said. “I did the shadow skyline.”
She also was an avid gardener with an extensive knowledge of plants. When they purchased and remodeled the gallery building, which formerly housed a Jewish synagogue and a Spiritualist church, she determined how many hours of sun each square foot of the front yard would receive and laid out the plantings accordingly.
“She literally mapped the front lawn,” her husband said.
In recent years, she also made jewelry and displayed it in the Elmwood Avenue gallery.
In addition to her husband, survivors include her mother, Erma Kratzke, a painter and mixed media artist; two sisters, Susan Ziembiec and Martha “Marty” Arnold; and five nephews.
A celebration of her life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 18 in the 1045 Elmwood Gallery for the Arts, 1045 Elmwood Ave.