Volk was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1928. He graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies in 1949, and from MIT with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1959. Volk served in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps from 1952 to 1955 and discovered his passion for photography in Limburg, Germany while he was traveling Europe. Volk purchased his first professional camera in 1950—a Leica IIIc. After studying architecture at MIT, Volk returned to Dallas and practiced architecture for thirty years while leading a volunteer career while working on community goals, neighborhood improvement, and affordable housing. Since retiring from architecture and volunteering in 1955, Volk has focused on personal photography, working on a backlog of images accumulated since 1950 and publishing a photography and essay book, ‘everyday.’ Volk will be discussing ‘everyday’ and the inspiration behind it.