Sam Ameen, owner of Aweto Custom Printing, is the legendary South African black-and-white printer based in Santa Barbara.
Ameen's legs were crushed in an automobile accident on September 26, 1975 while employed by Crown Life as a photolithographer.
Ameen returned to school to retrain in color technology/commercial photography. He attended the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California, from July 11, 1983 until his graduation on December 18, 1987. In September, 1989, Ameen began working full time at the Brooks Professional Color Lab (Brooks). Ameen resigned from Brooks in April 1991.