The word went out around the monastery this morning that John Daido Loori Roshi died yesterday. As well as being a well respected Zen Master he was a great photographer too.
Loori grew up in a working-class family in Jersey City, New Jersey, joined the Navy, and later worked for 17 years as a physical chemist while nurturing a lifelong love of photography. It wasn’t until he began studying with the influential photographer Minor White that Loori recognized a spiritual element in his work. He then underwent 14 years of both lay and monastic Zen training in New York and California. In 1980, Loori founded the Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Tremper, New York, considered one of the leading Zen training centers in the United States.
From a tribute on the The American Museum of Natural History website.