Albert Louis Sieg, PhD
March 25, 1930 - July 30, 2022
92 years old
Albert Louis Sieg, PhD
2400 image acceptances, PSA Master Stereographer 27,
stereo activist in 3-D clubs worldwide, author, gardener,
Kodak Japan CEO and President for seven years and so much more
Information for this page was generously provided
by Eugene Mitofsky, APSA PPSA Star Ratings Director
Rain, Rain, Go Away by Albert Sieg FPSA
1961 Albert L Sieg
1932 Albert L Sieg at two years old - LeaiPix 2x1
Albert Sieg formal portrait (1940?) - Colorized LeaiPix_2x1
Sieg Family - LeaiPix 2x1
Pagoda at Kiyomizu Temple by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Pathway to Nowhere by Albert Sieg FPSA
Affectionate by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Framed by a Tree by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Pemaquid Sunrise by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Little Shack by Albert L Sieg FPSA
One Fall Day by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Antarctica Penquins by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Albert Sieg at business desk - LeaiPix_2x1
Painted Daisies by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Three Faces by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Space Geometry by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Lion cub in the Wild by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Irma and Albert Sieg dancing - LeaiPix_2x1
Horse Drive by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Stereo Realist camera with Rochwite polarizers by Albert L Sieg FPSA
The Wave by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Vermont Fall by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Mask Makers by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Pewter and Grapes by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Look What I Made! by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Monday in Providence by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Twin Cameras on a bar by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Thought Waves by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Still Life Study by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Hang Glider by Albert L Sieg FPSA
New Hampshire Barns by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Fairyland by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Portland Head Light by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Three Sisters by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Volumetrics by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Desert Sunflower by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Orbitals by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Sparkler Artist by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Laboratory Glassware by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Lift Off, Japan by Albert L Sieg FPSA
Harp Seal Pup by Albert L Sieg, FPSA
Lily by Albert L Sieg, FPSA
Salmon Fishing by Albert L Sieg, FPSA
2003_05_31 ISU Besancon, France, Jean Soulas, Susan Pinsky
and Al Sieg at invention competition by David Starkman
Frederick Farm by Albert L Sieg
Story Owl by Albert L Sieg
Swirls in the Sand by Albert L Sieg
Niagara Rainbow by Albert L Sieg
1979_10_05 PSA Hartford, CT Dr Al Sieg, FPSA Rochester, NY
and Jean Soulas, Paris, France by David Starkman
Tuscan Sunrise by Albert L Sieg
Home from School by Albert L Sieg, FPSA
Irma and Albert Sieg with cake LeaiPix_2x1
Trees on the Rocks by Albert L Sieg
1933 Albert L. Sieg with his dog - Colorized LeaiPix_2x1
1987_08_07 PSA Long Beach, CA Seton Rochwite receiving PSA Progress Medal Award for Stereo Realist camera invention and Albert L Sieg FPSA by unknown
Stereo Realist camera with Rochwite polarizers by Albert L Sieg
PSA Stereo Division Logo Slide with Stereo Realist camera
by John Paul Jensen (used for a short time)
1979 Irma, Diane, Karen, Susan and Al Sieg LeaiPix_2x1
New York Fall Scene by Albert Sieg FPSA
Barn Fire by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
Cement Plant by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
Wellfleet Sunset by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
Winter Wonderland by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
Wheat Pattern by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
Sugar Time by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
Winter on Jenne Farm by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
Night Fantasy by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
Nova Scotia Dawn by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
Devil's Landscape by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
Daisy Field by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
I'll Take this One by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
2011_07_16 NSA Loveland CO Albert Sieg and Lawrence Kaufman
by Cassie Kaufman_12C
Field at Sunrise by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
Clock Works by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
Salon Judges by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
1993_09_25 ISU Eastbourne UK Al Sieg, Allan Griffin, Hermann Miller, Don Wratten by Ron Labbe
Diane by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
Man's Best Friend by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
Albert and Irma Sieg on one of their many travels
Koto Players by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
Fountain at Night by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
1997_09_xx Dr Albert L Sieg with Etsuko and Rob Oeschle
in Okinawa, Japan LeaiPix_2x1
Cheetah and Cubs by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
Checking the Lines by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
Blue Mood by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
Shave - Indian Style by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
1991_09_28 ISU Paris, France Al Sieg and Susan Pinsky
by David Starkman
2006_07_16 NSA Miami FL Jan Burandt and Albert Sieg at podium
by Susan Pinsky
Rice Paddy in Bali by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
1998 Al and Irma Sieg Morocco - LeaiPix_2x1
Denver and Rio Grande by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
Al Sieg at home with flaming birthday cake - LeaiPix 2x1
2003_05_31 ISU Besancon, Paris Bill Moll, Jerome and Hugo de Wijs with Al Sieg by Susan Pinsky
2006_07_15 NSA Miami FL Albert Sieg and David Starkman at Trade Fair
by Susan Pinsky
Balloon Hyper by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
1991_09_28 ISU Paris, France Dr Al Sieg, David Burder, Allan Griffin, David Starkman at Hotel Marceau by Susan Pinsky
Bay Sunset by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
2008_07_11 NSA Grand Rapids MI Al and Irma Sieg
at Art Gallery opening by Susan Pinsky
African Sunrise by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
1985 Irma and Al Sieg holiday card at the Great Wall of China
- LeaiPix 2x1
Monument Valley at Dawn by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
1983 ISU Buxton UK David Robinson, David Starkman Dr Al Sieg and more auction preview 7 by Susan Pinsky
Penquin by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
Al and Karen Sieg at NSA convention - LeaiPix 2x1
1983_08_12 PSA San Francisco, CA Susan Pinsky with Dr Al Sieg
by David Starkman - LeaiPix
Camel Traders by Albert L Sieg FPSA
2005_09_03 Irma and Al Sieg 50th wedding anniversary - LeiaPix 2x1
Horse Drive 2 by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
Lioness with Cubs Feeding by Albert L Sieg
Over the Hill by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
Albert L. Sieg and granddaughter - LeaiPix 2x1
1983_08_12 PSA San Francisco CA Dr Al Sieg, Howard Frazee
and Lou Smaus by Susan Pinsky
1981_10_10 PSA Salt Lake City UT Dr Albert Sieg by Charlie Piper
Penquins by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
2004_07_12 NSA Portland outing Albert Sieg by Lawrence Kaufman LeiaPix_2x1
3 in the Fountain by Albert L Sieg
1980_10_09 PSA St Louis MO Phyllis Rander with Albert Sieg
by Susan Pinsky
Art for Sale by Dr Albert L Sieg FPSA
2013_08_23 ISU Slovenia Irma and Al Sieg on Velinka Planina outing
by Mary Paul
2013_08_23 ISU Ljubljana Slovenia Irma and Al Sieg by David Burder
1987 PSA Long Beach, CA Seton Rochwite and Albert L Sieg by unknown
2011_07_xx National Stereoscopic Assn. Loveland CO Board meeting led by Al Sieg by Lawrence Kaufman _1
2017_08_11 NSA 3D Con Stereoscopic Society Assn Judges
Cassie Kaufman, Byron Hindman, and Al Sieg 2 by Lawrence Kaufman
2017_08_11 NSA 3D Con Stereoscopic Society Assn Judges
Cassie Kaufman, Byron Hindman, and Al Sieg 4 by Lawrence Kaufman
Al Sieg snow skiing Color - LeaiPix_2x1
Al Sieg in restaurant with birthday cake - LeaiPix_2x1
1993_09_25 ISU Eastbourne UK Al Sieg, Allan Griffin, Hermann Miller, and Don Wratten by Ron Labbe
Dr. Albert Louis Sieg
Obituaries in Rochester, NY
Democrat And Chronicle
August 2, 2022
Irondequoit: In loving memory of Albert Sieg who died peacefully at home on July 30, 2022, surrounded by family. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Irma (nee Spencer) and three daughters, Karen (Bill), Diane (Rick) and Susan (Rob) as well as two grandchildren Leanne and RJ in addition to numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends. He is predeceased by his parents, Albert and Louise Sieg (nee Strege) and three sisters, Gladys (Harry), Irma (Glenn) and Lucille (Willard).
Albert was born on March 25, 1930, in Chicago, IL. He received his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Illinois in 1951 and his Ph.D in Organic Chemistry at the University of Rochester in 1954. He and Irma married Sept 3, 1955, and he was drafted into the Army Medical Corps where they spent two years at Edgewood in Maryland. After the army they returned to Rochester and Al began his career at Kodak in the Paper Services Division. In 1970 Kodak sent him to Harvard Business School.
From 1976-81, Al was appointed first the Assistant Manager, then Manager of the Paper Manufacturing Division, whereupon he was appointed Director of Strategic Planning and V.P. of the company. In 1984 as President and CEO of Kodak Japan, Al and his family moved to Tokyo where they lived and worked until 1991. Al retired from Kodak in 1993.
In more that 60 years of amateur photography Al has traveled throughout the US and to every continent in search of photos. His focus has been on travel and landscape photography, nature, especially wild animals starting out with film and transitioning to digital imaging. A photo featuring Peggy's Light in Nova Scotia is one of his all-time favorites and won The George Eastman Medal. Al is one of the world's leading stereophotographic exhibitors in all major photo exhibitions since the early 60's. He has received more than 200 top medals and awards. Al is a longtime member of both the Photographic Society of America and the National Stereoscopic Association.
Al was a lifelong Lutheran and active in the Church and many charities serving on the church council, board of directors and playing in the Bell Choir. He also helped to create Loop Ministries which is an Urban Food Pantry serving the downtown Rochester Area.
Al's time in Japan inspired in him to create a beautiful Japanese garden in his backyard when they returned to West Irondequoit, and he enjoyed spending time working there upgrading a bit each year. He also found time to co-write a book, The Tokyo Chronicles, detailing his experiences of life in Japan.
Al's love of Christmas started him on a collection of unique Christmas ornaments which over the years became quite extensive, and he would decorate multiple trees in his home at holiday time, each tree having a particular theme.
Friends are welcome Saturday, August 6th from 11am-1pm at the Dreier-Giltner Funeral Home 1717 Portland Ave. where a service will be held at 1pm in the Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to Loop Ministries (loopministries.org)
Albert L. Sieg with parents
Louise and Albert Sieg LeaiPix_2x1
Kodak Stereo Camera by Albert L. Sieg
Kodak veteran's book gives
business insider's view of Japan
By: Mary Morgan
March 10, 1995
Whether climbing Mt. Fuji or crooning tunes at a Tokyo karaoke bar, Albert Sieg paints images of Japan with a businessman's brush in his recently published book, "The Tokyo Chronicles."
By relating his experiences as president of Eastman Kodak Co.'s Japanese subsidiary, Sieg hopes to debunk misconceptions that prevent other businesses from entering that market.
"There are a lot of myths perpetuated about Americans trying to do business in Japan," Sieg said in an interview this week.
"Those (myths) have stopped a lot of people from even trying. Yes, there are differences. Each country has its own set of rules and regulations. But it's not impossible to play by their rules and actually do business there."
Tapped to head Kodak's foray into Japan in 1984, Sieg built the firm over the next seven years into a venture 4,000 employees strong. In "The Tokyo Chronicles" (omneo, 182 pages; $24), he spins many a yarn about those days, culling lessons from each story to portray the subtle and often confusing art of doing business in Japan.
On Sunday, March 12, Sieg discussed "The Tokyo Chronicles" at Borders Books and Music, 1000 Hylan Drive, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Sieg said he wrote the book as a collection of short stories to capture the flavor of daily life–a missing element in many of the books he read in preparation for his sojourn in Japan.
His favorite anecdote relates his first visit to a karaoke bar, where customers sing solo to prerecorded music. After receiving a standing ovation for singing "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," Sieg learned that the Japanese applaud more vigorously for performances that are obviously painful.
"Whatever the reality of the applause," Sieg writes, "I made the rite of passage and demonstrated that I was a good sport and willing to participate in the off-hours entertainment so important to my group."
The book's subtitle promises to reveal the "hidden truths of Japanese life and business." Though making no shocking revelations, Sieg does mine the nuts and bolts of Kodak's inner workings: recruiting top college graduates, buying land, negotiating acquisitions.
Sieg sorts through cultural ambiguities as well, offering his own take on the Japanese work ethic, the symbolic and social functions of money, and the role of company president.
Many of the stories illustrate how Kodak chipped away at "arch rival" Fuji Photo Film Co.'s stronghold. Smaller firms might be disheartened at Sieg's suggestions for breaking into the Japanese market: Most are simply out of reach for those lacking Kodak's deep pockets.
To establish itself as a serious competitor, for example, the imaging giant sponsored sporting events, built a research and development lab, listed its shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and leased a blimp to cruise the country as a floating billboard.
Still, companies with fewer resources might find much to glean from these stories. Sieg's five-hour trip to visit one disgruntled customer underscores the import of a high-level apology. And the weighty role of golf, drinking and karaoke–revealed through Sieg's often embarrassing encounters–are lessons well worth learning vicariously.
Sieg seems to have written the collection with a busy business schedule in mind: The 26 chapters are self-contained, chatty, and in no rigid chronological order–just right for reading a chapter or two on the fly.
Albert Sieg joined the PSA in 1958, was elected an Associate 10 years later and became a Fellow in 1973. PSA selected Dr. Albert Sieg the recipient of the prestigious Progress Medal in 1995. He received numerous awards for his images, had at least five stars in Color Slide Division, reached the Stereo Master 27 category, had exhibited in Nature and Print exhibitions and was awarded over 500 medals.
1979 Susan, Irma, Karen, Albert
and Diane Sieg holiday card
Al Sieg's list of accepted slides 1
Al Sieg's list of accepted slides 2
1997_09_xx Rob Oeschle with Al Sieg shooting in Okinawa, Japan
Albert Sieg was a Stereo Division Competition Judge many times
We All Knew Al Sieg
by H. Lee Pratt 21 August 2022
During his long, extremely productive, and fascinating life, Al Sieg has been a dear friend to the thousands of us who knew him. He had friends in many countries and was widely recognized for many achievements.
Dr. Albert Louis Sieg, with degrees in chemistry, was a veteran of the Army Medical Corps, and later served as a director, manager, and then Vice President of the Eastman Kodak Corporation. For seven years he was President and CEO of Kodak Japan in Tokyo.
But to most of us, Al is best known for his 60 years of amateur photography and his favorite format: stereoscopic (3D) photography. Starting around 1960, Al was photographing travel, landscape, nature, wildlife, scenic, and table-top images. His images have often included his wife Irma, his three daughters (Karen, Diane, and Susan), and most likely his grandchildren.
Al's first stereo film camera was a Kodak 35mm stereo camera, followed by a Stereo Realist f/2.8 camera fitted with Seton Rochwite's polarizing filter system. The running joke was that Al was able to take so many photographs because he received a big discount when he bought film in a yellow box!
Al's images are always popular, and he competed in many local and international stereo competitions. He also provided photographic presentations for other activities. Al holds the world record for the highest ranking in amateur 3D photography in the Photographic Society of America (PSA) of Master Level 27. With about 2,400 image acceptances and 400 awards in exhibitions, he has over 40 images in the PSA 3D Hall of Fame series of programs.
Al was an Honorary Fellow of PSA (HonFPSA) and a Grand Master of PSA (GMPSA). He held the positions of Executive Vice President of PSA from 1995 to 1999, and President of PSA from 1999 to 2003, and was a past chairman of the Stereo (now 3D) Division of PSA.
Al was a member of the National Stereoscopic Association (NSA) Board of Directors from 2007 to 2020, and was the NSA Board Chair from 2009 to 2013. He received the 2011 "Fellow of the NSA" Darrah Award, named for 3D collector and author William C. Darrah. In 2021 Al received a Special Recognition Award for his dedication to NSA and Stereo Photography.
Al was a member and Fellow of the Third Dimension Society (based in Great Britain) and a Past President of the International Stereoscopic Union (ISU). He was a founding member of the Japan 3D Society. He was also involved in other photographic clubs and organizations, for both 3D and 2D (flattie) images.
After returning from Japan to his home area in Rochester, New York, Al authored the book "The Tokyo Chronicles" in 1994. He shared many of his experiences while living, working, and competing in business in Japan. Rather than having the typical format with "chapters," the book is a series of fascinating short stories. In one of these stories, Al tells about having to play golf with business executives, even though he could not play golf!
Al received the top two awards that PSA bestows. In 1995, Al was awarded the PSA Progress Award for his many patents contributing to photographic science in the area of graphic arts. Al was later honored as recipient of the 2013 PSA Lifetime Achievement Award. As part of the PSA ceremony, Al prepared a special program titled "My 50 Years of Exhibiting Stereo Images," which at that time was in slide (transparency) film format with a live narration by Al (I was the projectionist!). Since then, the program has been converted to digital format by other friends and is narrated by Al himself.
Al has always been active in several facets of his church (including handbell ringing), as well as charities in his Rochester area. Born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 25, 1930, he passed peacefully to a new life on July 30, 2022. I count on seeing him again!
Lee Pratt from Madison, AL is a longtime member of NSA, PSA, ISU, & other 3D organizations.
Dr. Albert L. Sieg,
by Lawrence Kaufman
Al Sieg passed away on July 30, 1922 at 88 years old. I knew the legend of Al Sieg long before I met him. But the legend was fact, he was the most decorated stereo photographer, not due to longevity, but due to skill and his fabulous photography and presentation. I knew he had served as the President and CEO of Kodak in Japan. Al had begun entering stereo photography exhibitions around 1960, but he also was entering many 2D photo competitions. By the time I had become a serious competitor, Al was already holding positions in not only the
Stereo (now 3D) Divison of the Photographic Society of America (PSA,)
but also the main organization. He was Executive Vice President of PSA
from 1995 – 1999 and President from 1999 – 2003.
Al received many other top honors from the PSA, but he also volunteered his time with other organizations, including the Third Dimension Society, the International Stereoscopic Union (ISU,) he was a founding member of the Japan 3D Society and other photographic clubs and organizations. I was President of the National Stereoscopic
Association (NSA) when the NSA Board invited Al to join their board. Al soon became the Chairman of the board. It was Al's wise council that allowed me to follow him into that position when he stepped down. Al continued to serve on the NSA board for several more years, even though doing so was very difficult. As early as 2017, following his judging the Stereoscopic Society of America (SSA) stereo card competition, Al admitted he should no longer be a judge since his eyesight was deteriorating. I look forward to honoring him at the NSA 3D-Con in 2023 being held in Buffalo, New York. The 49th NSA 3D-Con is being held July 31th – August 7, 2023.
Dr. Albert Louis Sieg
Background, Career & More
Albert Louis Sieg, American photographic company executive. Named to International Hall of Fame Photography, 2007; recipient George Eastman medal, Kodak Camera Clubs, 1980; Kiwanis Club Chicago fellow, University Illinois, 1947-1951, American Cyanamid fellow, 1953-1954.
Sieg, Albert Louis was born on March 25, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Albert Fredrick and Louise Augusta (Strege) Sieg.
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, University Illinois, 1951. Doctor of Philosophy in Organic Chemistry, University Rochester, 1954. Ph.D Harvard Business School, 1971.
Supervisor emulsion, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York, 1970-1972; corporation manager instant, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York, 1972-1976; manager paper management, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York, 1976-1981; vice-president, director, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York, 1981-1984; president, Kodak Japan K.K., Tokyo, 1984-1989; president, representative director, Eastman Kodak Japan, Tokyo, 1989-1991; also board directors, Eastman Kodak Japan, Tokyo president, representative director, Eastman Chemicals Japan Ltd., Tokyo, 1989-1991; vice-president, director strategic resources, secretary imaging board, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, 1991-1992; retired, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, 1992; principal, consultant, Albert L. Sieg Associations, Rochester, since 1992. Board directors Kodak Japan Industries, Ltd. Senior lecturer U. Rochester, 1960-1969.
Albert Louis Sieg has been listed as a noteworthy Photographic company executive by Marquis Who's Who.
The Tokyo Chronicles: An American Gaijin Reveals the Hidden Truths of Japanese Life and Business
Chairman corporation gifts Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, 1982—1984. Board directors St. John's Home Foundation, 2000—2008. Chairman corporation gifts International Museum Photography at George Eastman House, 1993, 1994.
Board directors St. John's Home for Aging, 1994—1999, vice chairman board directors, 1997—1999, St. John's Nursing Home, 1997—1999, board directors, 1994—1999, chairman, 1999—2001. Board directors St. John's Senior Services, 1997—2001, chair elect, 1997—1999, chair, 1999—2001, president, 1997—2001. Board directors St. John's Foundation, since 2001, secretary, 2005—2006, chairman-elect, 2006—2007.
Chair Loop Ministries, since 2010. President Reformation Lutheran Church, Rochester, 1978—1983. Fellow: Photograph Society of America (vice president 1969-1984, board directors since 1992, executive vice president 1995-1999, president 1999—2003, Harold Lloyd award 1978, Progress medal 1995), American Institute Chemists.
Member: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Loop Minis., Inc. (chairman board since 2010), International Photography Hall of Fame (board director since 2007), National Stereoscopic Association since 2007, (member board director since 2008, elected chairman board since 2009), International Stereoscopic Union (president 1993, 1994), Society Photographic Scientists and Engineers, American Chemical Society, North America Nature Photography Association (member board director 2003-2007, board directors 2005-2006, president 2006-2007, 2006-2007, past president since 2007), American Chamber of Commerce Japan (board governors 1988-1991, vice president 1989-1991), Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Foreign Corrs. Club, American Club Tokyo.
Avocations: skiing; photography. Gardening.