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We are very saddened of the passing of the founder of The Adirondack Photography Institute founder John Radigan.

John was a passionate photographer and lover of the Adirondacks.  He founded API in the early 2000's  with the intention of bringing photographers to the area to experience and capture the beauty and awe that the majestic mountains have to offer.   

I worked for John for about 7 years, after being a participant myself several times, and took over the business in February of 2017 when he no longer could photograph or teach workshops.  John's disease robbed him of the very thing he loved the most...being outdoors, surrounded by nature, contemplating life in the mountains, and capturing the intimate images that we have come to associate with him.  I promised John that I would not let his legacy fade away.  He was passionate about teaching and this business meant so much to him.   I will continue to honor him and API for as long as I can. 

John was a talented photographer, a poet, a naturalist, a mentor, a colleague, and a friend.  He will be greatly missed.  API, his friends, and fellow photographers all feel the heartbreak of his loss and send our sympathies to his family.  May he Rest In Peace.

Johns close friends have a message for the community which is will share with you below.  Please contact me if you have any questions. 


Danielle Kennedy

Hello Friends, 

Like you I am still trying to process the reality that our dear friend John is no longer with us.  We were so blessed to have had him in our lives and will continue to share our memories. 


As most know, John was so very fortunate to have spent his last years at his brother Tim's home here in Willoughby. 


Tim, his daughters & his mom Barbara lovingly accepted the chance to provide John a comfortable environment. 


Tim also contracted some in home health care to help out.

Though that care aided in freeing up some time for Tim, it came with a monetary cost that is a lingering financial burden.  Hospital bills, as well as cremation fees (of $3000) are recent weights put upon the family.


I send you this email to invite you, should you be comfortable in doing so, to consider sending Tim some financial support to help lessen the bills that will need settling.  I am most certain any amount will help him out immensely.


Tim's address is: 5 Preserve Dr, Willoughby, Ohio 44094.


At this time, no memorial has been planned. 


Peace to all..

Michelle Drackett

Lori Diemer

Joedda McClain

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