Alexander Grinberg

 

 


Alexander D. Grinberg (1885-1979) is one of the most respected Russian photographers of the twentieth century. Born at the end of the nineteenth century, and having lived ninety-four years, he experienced the Russian revolutionary, the Civil War, two world wars, stalinist repression along with numerous fluctuations in soviet political and cultural history. Even as a child Grinberg demonstrated a strong attraction to photography, taking his first photography at the age of ten.
By the age of twenty-two he was an active member of the Russian photographic society, where he became a leading creative force. In 1908 he was awarded the silver medal in the all-Russian photo exhibition in Moscow and the gold medal in the international photo-exhibition in dresden, which signaled the recognition of his talents on an international level.
In 1914 Grinberg was invited to work at the Khanzhankov film studio in Moscow. Becoming the head of the film advertising sections, he quickly established process for mass distribution and here he began his cinematographic career. He went on to work behind the camera for numerous studios. In the 1920’a his cinematographic experience led him to become an instructor at the state technical institute of cinematography where he began his association with Sergey Eisenstein who he photographed. His prestige was on the rise throughout the 1920s until 1929 when, under the storm of the cultural revolution the « old school » of Soviet photography came under fire as « depraved », and Grinberg fell out of favor.
The new cultural policy dictated that any eroticism in artistic forms was a remnant of bourgeois idleness, and inappropriate for soviet society. Nevertheless, Grinberg risked one more exhibition of his work in 1935 with images of partially dressed women, raising a storm of criticism, as well as prompting a few brave photographers to come to the defense of this artistic master. Consequently, for his unorthodox vision of photography he was arrested and sentenced to a labor camp for distribution of pornography. By 1939 he was released on early parole, for good behavior and industriousness, although by the time of his release he had permanently lost his sense of smell. He resumed to work as a photographer for a variety of institutions such as museums and taught photography.
His early work was not destroyed as would have normally happened because his older brother managed to hide the negatives for many years. During the second world war he worked to preserve and restore rare photo archives. After the war he worked in the house of models, photographing for fashion designers. In the 1950s he photographed various Soviet film starts and scientists.
His whole life was thus devoted to photography, which he never abandoned in the most difficult of circumstances.

Tomasz Gudzowaty

Tomasz Gudzowaty was born in 1971. He obtained a degree in law at the University of Warsaw. Among his interests are humanistic photography and the classic form of the black and white photo-essay. He began with nature photography and then turned to social documentary and for the last few years he has been focusing on sports photography. He is particularly interested in non-commercial sports, and also those that are not present in the media, sports that are exotic, atypical or somehow outside the mainstream. His photos have been published in Max Magazine, L’Equipe, The Guardian, Newsweek, Forbes, Time and Photo and he is also the author of several albums. He is a multiple winner of the most important photography contests, among others the World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, NPPA Best of Photojournalism. He cooperates with Focus Fotoagentur in Hamburg and Warsaw’s Yours Gallery.
http://www.gudzowaty.com

Abbas Attar

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Born a photographer, Abbas is an Iranian transplanted to Paris. He has dedicated himself to documenting the political and social life of societies in conflict. In his major work since 1970 he has covered wars and revolutions in Biafra, Bangladesh, Northern Ireland, Vietnam, the Middle East, Chile, Cuba, and South Africa during apartheid.
From 1978 to 1980, Abbas photographed the revolution in Iran, to which he returned in 1997 after seventeen years of voluntary exile. His book Iran Diary 1971-2002 is a critical interpretation of Iranian history, photographed and written as a private journal.
During his years of exile Abbas traveled constantly. Between 1983 and 1986 he journeyed through Mexico, attempting to photograph a country as a novelist might write about it. The resulting exhibition and book, Return to Mexico: Journeys Beyond the Mask, helped define his photographic aesthetic.
From 1987 to 1994, he focused on the resurgence of Islam throughout the world. Allah O Akbar: A Journey Through Militant Islam, the subsequent book and exhibition, spanning twenty-nine countries and four continents, attracted special attention after the 9/11 attacks by Islamic jihadists. A later book, Faces of Christianity: A Photographic Journey (2000), and touring show explored Christianity as a political, ritual and spiritual phenomenon
Abbas’ concern with religion led him in 2000 to begin a project on animism, in which he sought to discover why non-rational ritual has re-emerged in a world increasingly defined by science and technology. He abandoned this undertaking in 2002, on the first anniversary of 9/11, to start a new long-term project about the clash of religions, defined as culture rather than faith, which he believes are turning into political ideologies and therefore one of the sources of the strategic struggles of the contemporary world.
From 2008 to 2010 Abbas travelled the world of Buddhism, photographing with the same sceptical eye. In 2013 he concluded a similar long term project on Hinduism, after which he started working on Judaism around the world.

Trent Parke

 


Trent Parke, the first Australian to become a Full Member of the renowned Magnum Photo Agency, is considered one of the most innovative and challenging photographers of his generation. Moving beyond traditional documentary photography, Parke’s work sits between fiction and reality, offering an emotional and psychological portrait of family life and Australia that is poetic and often darkly humorous.

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Carlos and Jason Sanchez


Carlos and Jason Sanchez (Carlos Born 1976 and Jason 1981 in Montreal ) are Canadian fine art photographers known for their large-scale dramatic images. Thematically, their work centers on the psychological reflections of their subjects, and encourages the viewer to interact with the work by filling in the details in the open-ended scenes depicted. In their earlier work the Sanchez brothers depended on their pictures appearing to be part of a larger narrative, like a film still, to create narrative tension. Their later work still incorporates narrative threads, but has developed to into more of a story within a scene format.

Dora Maar


Dora Maar was a famed 20th-century French artist. Though she might be best remembered as a romantic partner and muse of Pablo Picasso, she was an accomplished artist who has been the subject of renewed interest thanks to several posthumous exhibitions. Working across media, Maar created many poetic photographs, Surrealist collages, and painterly depictions of landscapes in Provence. Inspired by Brassaï and Man Ray in particular, her striking black-and-white images capture the portraits of many artists and intellectuals of the era, including her lover. In one of Maar’s most famous series, she documented Picasso painting Guernica in its many stages. Their nine-year relationship ending badly in 1943, with Picasso abusing Maar both physically and emotionally. She was left distraught and in the care of controversial psychiatrist Jacques Lacan, who treated her illegally with electroshock therapy. Maar then went on to abandon photography and paint largely in private, creating works that were both profoundly personal and emotionally evocative, and it was only after her death that these were ever exhibited. Born Henriette Theodora Markovic on November 22, 1907 in Tours, France, Maar studied at the Académie Julian in Paris. Her work has been exhibited by Paris Galerie, the National Museum Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Palazzo Fortuny, and in 2019, the Centre Pompidou. The artist died on July 16, 1997 in Paris, France.

Antoine d’Agata


Born in Marseilles, Antoine d’Agata left France in 1983 and remained overseas for the next ten years. Finding himself in New York in 1990, he pursued an interest in photography by taking courses at the International Center of Photography, where his teachers included Larry Clark and Nan Goldin.

During his time in New York , in 1991-92, d’Agata worked as an intern in the editorial department of Magnum, but despite his experiences and training in the US, after his return to France in 1993 he took a four-year break from photography. His first books of photographs, De Mala Muerte and Mala Noche, were published in 1998, and the following year Galerie Vu began distributing his work. In 2001 he published Hometown, and won the Niépce Prize for young photographers. He continued to publish regularly: Vortex and Insomnia appeared in 2003, accompanying his exhibition 1001 Nuits, which opened in Paris in September; Stigma was published in 2004, and Manifeste in 2005.

In 2004 d’Agata joined Magnum Photos and in the same year, shot his first short film, Le Ventre du Monde (The World’s Belly); this experiment led to his long feature film Aka Ana, shot in 2006 in Tokyo.
Since 2005 Antoine d’Agata has had no settled place of residence but has worked around the world.

Françoise Huguier


From fashion photography to photo reporting, from fugitive moments to photographic set up, Françoise Huguier keeps the same pronounced graphic look and the same humour. Passionate with trips and the meeting of territories and their inhabitants, she brings us in Africa with her first book : “Sur les traces de l’Afrique fantôme”, followed by “Secrètes” in which she succeeded to share the privacy of African women. Then she heads into Europe, in 1993, she kept a log of a lonesome trip to Siberia. She won a World Press prize for this work. “En route pour Behring” was published by Editions Maeght. In 2001, she worked several years in Saint-Petersburg about communal apartments. This work resulted in a book, “Kommounalki ” (Actes Sud, 2008) and a documentary film “Kommunalka”, screened in Cannes. Asia is also one of her favourite destinations. After discovering Japan in the 80s, she returned on her childhood’s footsteps, when she was a Viêt Minh prisoner in Cambodia.

The book “J’avais huit ans”, which tells this story, was published by Actes Sud in 2005. The journey goes on in South East Asia with “Vertical/Horizontal” in 2012 from Singapore to Bangkok via Kuala Lumpur. She illustrates the evolution of postmodern societies in Indonesia (with the hijabistas), in Malaysia (with the KPOP movement) and in South Korea (Virtual Seoul). Curator of the Mois de la Photo in 2008, Françoise Huguier is then artistic director for the 2nd Luang Prabang International Image Biennial in Laos (2010), and for Photoquai Biennial 2011– organized by the Quai Branly Museum. In 2014, a retrospective of her work is presented at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie. Françoise Huguier regularly exhibits her work all over the world : New York, Moscow, Seoul, Sao Paulo, Johannesburg, Lausanne, Berlin, London, Madrid, Bogota, Valencia, etc. In 2018, Reporters Without Borders celebrates her whole career in the album “100 photos for press freedom”.

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Rogelio Cuellar


Rogelio Cuéllar nació en la Ciudad de México en 1950. Se inició como fotógrafo en 1967. Los últimos 30 años su interés ha abarcado básicamente el retrato de creadores contemporáneos de México y algunos países en las disciplinas de literatura, artes plásticas, teatro y música. Actualmente ha integrado un acervo de negativos correspondientes a más de mil personajes nacidos entre 1900 y 1980.
Trabaja la fotografía de autor en la que destaca la atención en el paisaje humano, ya sea en atmósferas urbanas o rurales en los diferentes estados de la República Mexicana. Para esta temática se nutre de los constantes viajes que realiza a los estados.
Otro de sus temas es el desnudo fotográfico, tanto masculino como femenino, trabajo que desarrolla en estudio y en exteriores con luz natural. De esta vertiente de su quehacer se han expuesto cerca de 300 fotografías en diferentes exposiciones individuales y colectivas en México y en diversas ciudades del mundo.
Realiza sobre todo la fotografía en blanco y negro controlando todas las fases del proceso en forma personal. Estos ámbitos de su interés los desarrolla en forma cotidiana, haciendo tomas fotográficas, trabajo de revelado, clasificación, edición, amplificado e impresión en técnicas de laboratorio en cuarto oscuro. Esto lo caracteriza como un fotógrafo tradicional, sello que vuelve singular su ejercicio profesional.
A partir de las becas del Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte ha podido clasificar aproximadamente el 60 por ciento del material que ha realizado durante 30 años. Este porcentaje equivale aproximadamente a 20 mil negativos.
Respecto al retrato de creadores, en los últimos 10 años ha participado en diversos homenajes a personajes como Rufino Tamayo, Efraín Huerta, Alberto Gironella, Elena Garro, Pedro Coronel, Guillermo Zafe, Fernando Benítez, Fernando Gamboa, Juan Rulfo, Rosario Castellanos, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Jaime García Terrés, Severo Sarduy, Juan José Arreola, Julio Cortázar, Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares, René Portocarrero, Fernando García Ponce, Rodolfo Morales, Alice Rahon, Rafael Alberti, Luis Cardoza y Aragón, Juan Soriano, Alfredo Zalce, Antoni Tápies, Emilio Carballido, Juan García Ponce, Pita Amor y Pablo O´Higgins, entre otros.
Asimismo, ha participado en homenajes a creadores contemporáneos vivos como Sergio Pitol, Vicente Rojo, Gilberto Aceves Navarro, Sebastián, José Luis Cuevas y Francisco Toledo.
Rogelio Cuéllar ha trabajado en varias ocasiones con la gran mayoría de los creadores, haciendo el seguimiento histórico de su proceso creador. De hecho, su trabajo es un referente obligado para reconstruir una época de la vida cultural de México, a través de los rostros de sus más destacados creadores.

Marco Paoluzzo

Born in Bienne (Switzerland), in 1949
Schools in Bienne, Fribourg and Lausanne
1977-80 School for photography in Vevey (Switzerland)
1981-96 Working as a freelance photographer for advertising and industry
Since 1996 Travel photography as a freelance photographer

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Rubén Pax

Rubén Cárdenas Paz. Fotógrafo mexicano que firma sus trabajos como Rubén Pax. Nació en León, Guanajuato, el 11 de agosto de 1943. Estudió dibujo publicitario en 1964 en la Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México hasta 1970; en ese mismo año trabajo con el diseñador Lance Wyman en la elaboración de la revista de la Copa Mundial de Futbol México 70. En 1973 inició como docente del taller de fotografía en la Escuela de Diseño del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, donde ejerció durante 35 años, además de dar clases en el Taller de Fotografía Libre. Laboratorista impresor del escritor y fotógrafo Juan Rulfo; asimismo de los fotógrafos Héctor García y Armando Salas Portugal.
Ha sido laboratorista, archivista y reportero gráfico del periódico La Jornada de 1984 a 1986, miembro fundador de la Agencia Periodística Imagen Latina en México, 1986 -1988. En 1993 fundó la Agencia de Fotografía de Cultura Prisma.
En el Festival Internacional Cervantino se desempeñó como coordinador de fotografía durante 1994 y 1995; ha cubierto este encuentro artístico y cultural hasta la fecha.
Desde 1971 ha presentado participado en más de 40 exposiciones fotográficas colectivas e individuales en México y Estados Unidos. Ha publicado sus imágenes en los periódicos Excélsior, El Día, unomásuno, El Universal, El Heraldo y La Jornada; así como en las revistas: Plural, Foto-Zoom, Proceso, Vuelta y México Desconocido. Su trabajo documenta fiestas populares religiosas, danzas, ritos y tradiciones indígenas, de diversos estados de la República. También ha documentado movimientos sociales como el magisterial, estudiantil, obrero y campesino y un registro continuo de la vida cotidiana en la capital de la República Mexicana desde 1970.
En los inicios de los ochenta comenzó a registrar las actividades de literatura, en festivales de poesía y presentaciones de libros de las editoriales, así como en las ferias de libros, como la del Palacio de Minería de la UNAM, la del Instituto Politécnico Nacional en la Ciudad de México, y la FIL de Guadalajara desde 1996.
En 1994 fundó el Taller de Fotografía Libre que da inicio a nuevas generaciones de fotógrafos. Actualmente continúa en la investigación de procesos antiguos fotográficos como: papel salado, colodión húmedo, álbumina.

MonoVisions Black and White Photography Awards 2019 Winners

BLACK & WHITE PHOTO OF THE YEAR 2019 Award, Romain Tornay – Elements


BLACK & WHITE SERIES OF THE YEAR 2019 Award, Marina Kazakova – The poetics of childhood


1ST PLACE – Black & White Travel SerieS of the Year 2019, The busy train station, Veselin Atanasov


1ST PLACE – Black & White Fine Art SerieS of the Year 2019, The Trace of Enlightenment – Ary Prananto Hastono


1ST PLACE – Black & White People SerieS of the Year 2019, Shadows of Kurdistan, Murat Yazar


1ST PLACE – Black & White Nude SerieS of the Year 2019, Desert Flower – Bartek NinoVeron


1ST PLACE – Black & White Conceptual SerieS of the Year 2019, Trauma – Manuela Thames


1ST PLACE – Black & White Landscapes SerieS of the Year 2019, Oman desert – Birgit Neise


2ND PLACE – SERIES, Conceptual, 2019, Sweet Dreams – Hampus Danielsson


1ST PLACE – Black & White Nature and Wildlife SerieS of the Year 2019, Ocean – Romain Tornay


1ST PLACE – Black & White Architectural PHOTO of the Year 2019, Midtown – Trevor Messersmith


1ST PLACE – Black & White Conceptual PHOTO of the Year 2019, hairloss – Michael Knudsen


1ST PLACE – Black & White Street PHOTO of the Year 2019, Final Shoot – Ali Nejatbakhsh Esfahani


1ST PLACE – Black & White Photojournalism PHOTO of the Year 2019, I want to be the best – Serhei Kuranov


1ST PLACE – Black & White Nature and Wildlife PHOTO of the Year 2019, Reflection – Daria Huxley


1ST PLACE – Black & White Fine Art PHOTO of the Year 2019, Walking Brutus – Daniel Castonguay


1ST PLACE – Black & White Travel PHOTO of the Year 2019, Mother at work – Tatiana Gomez


1ST PLACE – Black & White People PHOTO of the Year 2019, SUNSET – HOA TRAN TRUNG


1ST PLACE – Black & White Nude PHOTO of the Year 2019, zebra nude – curves & lines – Kristian Liebrand


1ST PLACE – Black & White Portrait PHOTO of the Year 2019, Maja – Hanna Derecka


MonoVisions Photography Awards is proud to present the winners of 2019 photo contest, selecting the winning photographs from 2580 entries from across the globe.

Swiss photographer Romain Tornay won the single photo category; his entry, titled “Elements”, which captures the “first sunshine following the snowstorm; Iceland”, won the Black & White Photo of the Year 2019, along with a $2000 cash prize.

For the series category, Russian photographer Marina Kazakova won the Black & White Series of the Year 2019, with a $3000 cash prize.

Her series, “The Poetics of Childhood” is “expressed in a psychological journey through intimate visions of private life, showing that there are stories worth telling all around us. The poetics of childhood: boundless sensuality, confidence, and a vast need for love, perhaps more so than in any other period of life.”

MonoVisions Photography Awards aim is to discover the best monochrome photographers from all over the world and to provide these artists with opportunities to be recognized and rewarded for their work.
Our annual competition is open to photographers of all backgrounds and all experience levels, from amateurs to professionals. We accept all forms of black and white photography captured using traditional or digital technologies.

 

Full gallery of winners: https://monovisionsawards.com/winners-gallery/

Eliazar Lotar

French photographer and cinematographer of Romanian origin, Eli Lotar (Eliazar Lotar Teodorescu, Paris, 1905 – 1969) arrived in France in 1924 and rapidly became one of the first avant-garde photographers in Paris. Close to Germaine Krull —Lotar worked as her apprentice for a time —and later to the Surrealists, his work was published in many of the avant-garde publications of the day, and featured in several major international photography exhibitions, including Fotographie der Gegenwart, Film und Foto, Documents de la vie sociale, etc.

Eli Lotar’s social and political interests and his penchant for collective projects can be revealed in his numerous collaborations with avant-garde writers (Jacques Prévert, Georges Bataille, and the magazine, Documents), as well as figures from the world of theatre (Antonin Artaud and Roger Vitrac), and well-known film directors (Joris Ivens, Alberto Cavalcanti and Luis Buñuel), all of whom were affected by the troubled socio-political climate of the 1930s.

Alexandre Christiaens

Alexandre Christiaens was born in Brussels in 1962

He lives and works in the village of Dave, near Namur in Belgium.

He has a number of photographic journeys (including in Greece, India, Brazil and China) and residences to his name. He has led a number of black-and-white photography workshops and his work exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both in Belgium and abroad.

Since 1999, his photographs have been on display in a number of public collections, such as in the General Service for Cultural Heritage of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the Regional Photography Centre in the region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais, the Charleroi Photography Musuem, the Richelieu-Louvois Library (National Library of France), the Hasselt Cultural Centre, the Space Collection, and In Cité Mondi in Liège, to name but a few.

He has published several works:La neige bientôt  © JPB EDITIONS #8,Hunter Grill  © Origini edizioni livourno maggio 2017,ESTONIA, Carl Havelange Alexandre Christiaens FR/EN © Les Impressions Nouvelles April 2016,Eaux vives, peaux mortes © Edition Yellow Now 2012, En Mer, voyages photographiques © Editions Chasse marée / Glénat en 2008,Grotesques, concrétions et paysages © Edition les Brasseurs Parallèle en 2007,Réseau cristallin © published and designed by Alexandre Christiaens texte Eugène savitzkaya.

Mihai Cheba


Mihai Chebac is an established Romanian-American cinematographer living in Boston MA, USA. He is originally from Romania, where he earned a Masters in Arts from I.L. Caragiale Film Institute in Bucharest. Upon completion of his studies, he worked at Buftea Film Studios in Bucharest as a cinematographer on feature films. He came to the United States in the the 80’s and began working with top studios and agencies in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles. He currently lives and works in Boston, MA, where he runs his company Avangarda Films LLC. Even though he has been working as a professional cinematographer for over 30 years, he has just begun his pursuits as an aspiring fine art photographer.

Agustin Sagasti

Fotógrafo profesional de gran prestigio. Ha realizado numerosas exposiciones
fotográficas individuales y colectivas en varias localidades del País Vasco.
Agustín Sagasti atesora unos 50 premios de ámbito local, regional, nacional e internacional. Colabora habitualmente con varias publicaciones con imágenes de naturaleza y paisaje urbano.
Muchas de sus fotografías han sido utilizadas para la publicidad: calendarios, publicidad de empresas o instituciones, fotografías para agencia, imágenes para editoriales…
Agustín Sagasti cuenta con una gran variedad de trabajos fotográficos de arquitectura industrial o social así como de gastronomía y decoración.
Agustín Sagasti colabora para diferentes entidades e Instituciones del País Vasco

Eva Rubinstein

 

Rubinstein was born in Buenos Aires where her mother, the ballerina Nela Młynarska, was accompanying her father, the pianist Arthur Rubinstein, on a concert tour of South America.
She was raised in Paris where she began to train as a ballet dancer at the age of five. In 1939, at the beginning of World War II, the family moved to the United States where Eva Rubinstein received American citizenship in 1946. She attended Scripps College in Claremont, California, and studied drama at the University of California, Los Angeles.
From 1953, she worked as a dancer and actress in New York, appearing in the original production of “The Diary of Anne Frank.”. In 1956, she married William Sloane Coffin and gave birth to three children, Amy, Alexander and David. The marriage ended in divorce in 1968.
In 1967, Rubinstein became seriously interested in photography, benefitting from workshops with Lisette Model and Diane Arbus. In addition to her work as a photojournalist, she has taken more intimate photographs of people, including nudes, and of (often empty) interiors. In an interview with Frank Horvat, she explained she had always shown great respect for the people she photographed, never wishing to intrude.
She has also led workshops at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan (1972) and at Manhattanville College, among many other venues in the US and Europe. Purchase, New York, (1974-1975).

Andreas Feininger

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Feininger combined an architect’s love of precision, space, and technique with an artist’s love of sweeping vistas. Although an American citizen, Feininger did not come to the United States until he was 33. Son of the late acclaimed artist Lyonel Feininger, he was born in Paris in 1906, and graduated with highest honors in architecture from schools in Germany. At the time, Feininger was using a camera as a reference aid in creating his building designs. The camera became his mechanical sketchbook.

Commissions were scarce for non-European citizens in the depressed economy. After a year’s work in France for the legendary architect Le Corbusier, followed by a struggle to find employment in Stockholm, Feininger turned his attention full-time to photography. He sold his first photos in 1932, moved with his family to the United States in 1939, and in 1943 became a staff photographer for LIFE magazine where he completed more than 430 assignments in a twenty year span.

Full of towering skyscrapers, broad swaths of road, and angles of geometric perfection, Feininger’s works are masterful in their technical excellence and panoramic grandeur. Such timeless images as New York Landscape Seen From Eight Miles Away in New Jersey, 1947 are notable for their harmony, balance, and grand scale. Through Feininger’s trained eye, the beauty and intricacies of both the natural and man-made world were magnified and intensified. From the broad span of bridges, exuding progress and power, to the symmetrical perfection of the skeleton of a carbon viper, Feininger’s images revealed a new aesthetic of order and geometric perfection. Even a seemingly utilitarian object like a doctor’s head mirror possesses mesmerizing, symbolic qualities when seen through Feininger’s lens.

Feininger had said that the city had attracted him since his earliest days as a photographer. But in time this love grew to include all the aspects of the city and its buildings, its people, its cars and traffic jams, its confusion and even its ugliness. I see the city as a living organism: dynamic, sometimes violent, and even brutal, he stated.

Luther Gerlach

Photographer Luther Gerlach works in a variety of historical photographic processes, highlighting the role of constraints in creative production and the hand-made, tactile connection between the artist and his work. Known for nude portraits and urban scenes of downtown LA in his early career, more recently Gerlach has pioneered the re-emergence of plein air wet plate collodion landscapes. His work distills detailed images of the natural world, particularly the trees, seaweeds, and grasses of Southern California, to emphasize pure light and line, endowing his images with a subtly abstract quality.

Luther Gerlach was born in Blayne, Minnesota in 1960. He apprenticed with Brett Weston in Carmel and Hawaii in the 1980’s, before learning the wet plate process which he still works in today. Gerlach has led lectures and demonstrations at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles since 2001. He has exhibited at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Ventura Museum of Art, the Schaknow Museum of Fine Art, Miami, the Denver Art Museum, and The Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe. Selected permanent collections include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Michael G. Wilson Centre for Photography, among others.

The artist lives and works in Ventura, California.

Sam Haskins

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