After Ed Lynch left the navy he chose to come to New York City and NYU for a Master’s in Fine Art. His thesis film, “A Question to Mr. Humphrey”, was funded by a grant from the American Film Institute, distributed nationally by Walter Reade, and collected by the Museum of Modern Art. He worked for 20 years in film and television as a producer, director, and cinematographer on Oscar winning Woodstock and Hearts and Minds, and the first television production of Time Man of the Year. As founder of AIVF he testified before House and Senate committees on behalf of independent filmmakers. He followed that by managing a photo lab and studio, and photographing the works of many sculptors and painters, and began to spend more time on his own art. His first series of large masks was exhibited at the Meisner Gallery in SOHO.