JHP Celebrates Volunteer Photographers with a Mexican Fiesta & a View!

 Maureen McNeil, Executive Director

Thank You JHP Volunteer Photographers!

On July 16th, the Josephine Herrick Project hosted a Volunteer Photograher Party on the rooftop of the Arabella in New York City.  The rooftop space was provided by our Development Director, Elana Hart.  The weather cooperated and it was a “picture perfect evening” for the gathering. The theme was a “Mexican Fiesta with a View.”  The purpose was to thank our wonderful volunteer photographers for all their hard work! It was also an opportunityfor the volunteer photographers to meet other volunteer photographers and exchange ideas, tips and stories. A great time was had by all!

Here’s a few photos of the event:

 Elana Hart, JHP Development Director and our hostess for the night overseeing the festivities.

Buy JHP Volunteer Photography Instructor Fiona Guedalia’s The Window Painters on the JHP Online Gallery!

 By Fiona Guedalia, JHP Volunteer Photography Instructor

The Window Painters

By Lauren Kupferberg – JHP Volunteer – July 15, 2014

At first glance the two men in the photo seem to be washing the windows, but after taking a closer look you can see paint brushes in their hands. The shadows of this print are very defined.  The shadows are both above and beneath the men, but never next to them.  Up close this image holds hidden details from the possessions in the windows to the objects in the man’s hands. “The Window Painters” is one in a series of prints called Windows.

“The Window Painters”    Size: 8 x 11

About the photographer

Fiona Guedalia is a recent graduate of Stern College.  She has had a passion for photography since she picked up a camera at fourteen.  She has been published in her school literacy magazines, and had her art hung at her school galleries. She taught a course on photography through JHP, the class stemmed from the University Settlement’s Beacon program, which offers free afterschool and summer programs for children and many other classes for people of all ages. The organization helps those in need have the basic classes that most people take for granted. She taught a class about the inner works of photography, the basic structure of a camera, and the best way to take an image. After she taught her students the ‘how’ of photography, she taught them the ‘why’, her students were told to take a form of photography and put it to action. Now she is taking pictures at events, while maintaining her work as an artist taking pictures of objects and scenes that call to her.

Own an Amazing Photo and Support an Amazing Cause!

We are excited to announce the launch of the Josephine Herrick Project Professional Photographers Online Gallery.  Our gallery was launched with 12 amazing photographs generously donated by 12 amazing professional photographers who are supporters of the Josephine Herrick Project’s mission which is “to provide completely free programs that inspire children, teens, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, enhancing their abilities to transform communities through artistic vision.”

This is a great opportunity to own an amazing  photograph and help support our programs!

 

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Own this beautiful Brian Lav Photo Visit our New Online Gallery Today!

Snow Fence, Point Pleasant, NJ by Brian Lav Photography

Blog by Jamie Ogrodnik – July 8, 2014.

Since 1969, Brian Lav has been photographing the world around him. He is recognized as a prominent contemporary photographer, a master printer, as well as an exceptional educator.  He has had over forty one-man and group exhibits.  His work is also in permanent collections, such as The International Center for Photography, The Rochester Institute of Technology, The New Jersey State Museum, The Newark Museum, and the Museum of Art and History in Fribourg, Switzerland.  Brian has been published in many books and magazines and has been teaching at Parsons the New School for Design in NYC since 1974 when he received their prestigious Teaching Excellence Award.

Originally Brian Lav’s primary photographic focus was working with a large format camera to produce breath-taking images in black and white. He felt that without color to distract, the black and white image revealed more clearly his feelings, and the large negative conveyed all the visual details.  Recently, Lav has succumbed to the wave a new technology and purchased a Nikon digital camera, a printer, and several software programs.  By engaging in the new technology, the digital process has opened creative doors.

Brian Lav’s subjects range from classic landscapes to haunting and foreboding depictions of the world in abstract and surreal fragments, to portraits of friends and family.  Lav was born and raised in New Jersey and has developed a special rapport with its landscape.  Most of his images, including the one featured here, Snow Fence, are taken in that state. This archival pigments add subtle surrealism and beautifully relaxing color to Brian’s portfolio, and I am positive, would add nothing but brilliance to your own gallery collection at home!

Dimensions:  

10 X 14 in (25.4 X 35.56 cm)

Medium:  

archival pigment print

Creation Date:  

2010

Signed

 

Own an Amazing Photo and Support an Amazing Cause!

We are excited to announce the launch of the Josephine Herrick Project Professional Photographers Online Gallery.  Our gallery was launched with 12 amazing photographs generously donated by 12 amazing professional photographers who are supporters of the Josephine Herrick Project’s mission which is “to provide completely free programs that inspire children, teens, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, enhancing their abilities to transform communities through artistic vision.”

This is a great opportunity to own an amazing  photograph and help support our programs!

 

Please visit the Online Gallery at:

NBC Today Show features JHP’s Brooklyn VA Program on July 4th!

Photo by Calogero Bongiovanni

Picture Perfect: Veterans Turn to Photography

By Jackie Augustine – July 4, 2014

NBC Today Show “Hope to it” segment on The Josephine Herrick Project and our program at the Brooklyn VA was featured this morning! It’s a wonderful segment that illustrates how “the power of photography” can make a differnce in the lives of Veterans and other underserved populations.

Special thanks to the NBC Today Show for doing and amazing piece on JHP, to Matt Sweetwood for leading the charge in “sharing our story” across many platforms, to professional photographer and instructor for this program Camille Tokerud, to Beryl Brenner, recreation & creative arts therapist at the VA and to Maureen McNeil, our Executive Director who puts her heart and soul into creating and implementing programs and making sure our organization continues to help others through the power of photograhy.

Here’s the link to the NBC Today Show Video: http://www.today.com/video/today/55575203&hl=en

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To learn more about the programs JHP offers, please visit www.jhproject.org/programs.

To help us create more programs to help Vetgerans and other underserved populations, please visit our donate page at: http://jhproject.org/donate-2/

 

 

Buy Rory Mulligan’s “Barcelona” on the new JHP Professional Photographers Gallery Today!

Rory Mulligan’s “Barcelona”

By Maureen McNeil – July 2, 2014

I can smell the spikey flora and dry heat of Spain as I observe up close the details in Rory Mulligan’s mysterious image, “Barcelona.”  Included is a crumbling wall, dirt, trees and steps leading up a hillside, and both intense sunlight and deep shade. Gazing at it I am transported to a vacation escapade, and it even brings on a hint of salt from the nearby turquoise Mediterranean Sea.

The photograph  is beautifully printed, too.  Mulligan said in a 2013 interview http://www.lavalette.com/a-conversation-with-rory-mulligan/ with Rachel Stern that he sees analog prints as lush objects and enjoys his time spent in the darkroom.  He likes best landscapes that depict the mundane, the image that asks questions rather than tells answers. Even when photographing people he prefers the banal rather than the magical.

 

About Rory Mulligan

Rory Mulligan has an MFA in photography from  Yale University School of Art and hasexhibited in Tokyo, New York, and Philadelphia, and has lectured and taught at Bard College, Sarah Lawrence College, Wesleyan University, and the International Center for Photography in New York. Visit his website at: www.rorymulligan.com

 

Own an Amazing Photo and Support an Amazing Cause!

We are excited to announce the launch of the Josephine Herrick Project Professional Photographers Online Gallery.  Our gallery was launched with 12 amazing photographs generously donated by 12 amazing professional photographers who are supporters of the Josephine Herrick Project’s mission which is “to provide completely free programs that inspire children, teens, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, enhancing their abilities to transform communities through artistic vision.”

This is a great opportunity to own an amazing  photograph and help support our programs!

 

Please visit the Online Gallery at:

 

 

Volunteer Blogger Jamie Ogrodnik joins JHP Team

By Jamie Ogrodnik – June 30 , 2014

Hello JHProject Followers!

 

My name is Jamie Ogrodnik and I have just recently started volunteering and blogging for the Josephine Herrick Project. I was told to write an article explaining my experiences thus far with the organization so let’s start at the beginning.

 

To set the scene a little bit, imagine a rainy Long Island day at a Golf Outing.  The weather was not ideal, but the situation sure was.  Having graduated with my BFA in Photography from the state University of New York at New Paltz in May of 2012, I was in dire need of paying the next round of student loans.  I had very little cash left in the savings and I had not yet started my current job at Tugboat, a photographers representation agency and production company (www.tugboatusa.com).

 

It was then that I decided to reach out to a family friend, Jerry Grossman, the Executive Director, from PDMA (PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association). He had known my father for many years and I was extremely grateful when he agreed to meet me for breakfast one morning to help revise my resume. First Jerry asked if I liked bagels, then he asked if I liked golf.  A bit confused I said “I prefer bagels, but if golfing will lead to networking, than I am in!”

 

Luckily that was the right answer and Jerry put me in contact with Michelle Tramantano, program director of PMDA. Michelle was the one in charge of orchestrating an annual Golf Outing at the Muttontown Country Club in Long Island where all the proceeds were donated to the Josephine Herrick Project this past May.

 Jerry Grossman, Jamie Ogrodnik and Michelle Tramantano at the annual PMDA Golf Outing in May 2014

 

Despite the rain, many wonderful supporters were there to tee off, buy raffle tickets from me, and eat a wonderful dinner. To my pleasure Jackie Augustine, president of the JHProject was one of those people.

 

Raising money for them without really knowing what the organization was about, I sought out Jackie and asked her to tell me about JHP. I then asked her immediately when I could start volunteering.

 

Since graduation I have had a lot of “normal” post college money worries on my mind.

How was I going to pay it all back to the government gods?

Where did all that sweet 16 money go?

Why is no one buying the work I slaved over during college (Visit Jamieophoto.com!)

 

Worrying so much about money made me feel slightly selfish when there was so much art and photography that could be created and blogged about through volunteering.  So, a week later I was traveling into the city to work alongside Maureen McNeil, the executive director and Elana Hart, the development director in the JHP office to help with blog posts.

 

With each new bit of information I was fed about the organization for every new blog post, I gained some serious knowledge and emotional support for the cause. The amount of passion and creativity that stems from this adorable Fulton Street office, reminds me each week that photography goes beyond the prints hanging on the walls. Photography has the power to put a smile on everyone’s face; from the students, to the teachers, to the partnerships that support it all.  Eventually I would love to teach a class to witness these smiles in person, but for now I am more than thrilled to be participating on the online blogging aspect of JHP.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read my story.  I hope that you will continue to enjoy all the future Josephine Herrick Project blog posts, as there are so many wonderful things about to happen, so stay tuned!

 

To learn more about the Josephine Herrick Project visit our website at www.jhproject.org

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Finding Vivian Maier

Photography and the act of seeing can transcend difficult circumstances with images of honesty and beauty.

By Ron Sharpe – June 26, 2014

A most visual art form, photography also reveals emotional nuances not readily visible to the naked eye. Individuals denied a voice or a standing, are empowered to speak through the images they capture with a camera.  But speech is often thwarted by ambivalence and stifled, especially at its source. It is then that a supportive community can amplify the strivings of an individual.   A quite poignant example of this can be found in the new documentary film – Finding Vivian Maier.  

 
Vivian Maier took 150,000 photographs using her double-lens Rolliflex camera of Chicago, Illinois street scenes, landscapes and people, from the 1950′s through the1990′s.  She shared almost none of them.  She earned her living as a nanny, but her passion / obsession was photography. She died destitute in 2009, unable to pay the rent on her storage locker that was crammed full of boxes crammed with negatives, unexposed canisters of film, tape recordings, letters, and other artifacts of an acutely observed yet defiantly secretive life.


John Maloof, a young Chicago historian, purchased her storage locker contents at an auction, not knowing her name and unaware of what he had acquired.  Excavating the contents launched him on a journey to reconstruct her life, to speak with the children and parents for whom she served as nanny, to archive, print and exhibit her photographs, and to create a documentary film about her life.  Maloof also sought out master photographers to review her work and as one of them,  Joel Meyerowitz, observed, ” In her photographs I don’t see a secondary addition to the canon.  What I see is primary. “

All the while a question gnawed at John Maloof — was he violating a privacy in death that Maier had clung to so fiercely in life?  A letter of hers that he discovered seemed to answer him.  She wrote the letter to a printer who she had befriended in her ancestral village in France.  In it she acknowledged that she was a difficult person and suggested a collaboration, ultimately never realized, that would enable her photographs to be printed. Maloof  takes this as proof that Vivian Maier wanted to share her work. His film and related efforts have abundantly, albeit posthumously, enabled her to so.

During World War II, Josephine Herrick similarly grasped that photography could help returning veterans, broken and stifled by war, to find their voices and to heal.   The photography programs that she started and led in veterans’ hospitals and other centers of healing have helped many thousands to do so. Over 70 years later, the Josephine Herrick Project carries on this compassionate cause.

In Vivian Maier and John Maloof, JHP salutes kindred spirits in their recognition that photography and the act of seeing can transcend difficult circumstances with images of honesty and beauty.

For more information about Vivian Maier visit: http://www.vivianmaier.com/film-finding-vivian-maier/

For more information about the 900 negatives recently discovered  in the Josephine Herrick Project  archives visit: http://jhproject.org/2014/06/researching-the-untold-american-story-of-900-negatives/

About the author

Ron Sharpe is a longtime member and supporter of the Josephine Herrick Project.  He is a member of the Board of Directors and the Immediate Past President of our organization.  His passion about our cause is contagious, as well as, his desire to perserve our archives and share them.

 

 

Visit the JHP Online Gallery featured “photo of the week” by Phil Borges

Angkorwat, Cambodia by Phil Borges

A Photograph of Nature and Humans in Harmony

by Maureen McNeil – June 25, 2014

Phil Borges and his wife Julee live in a leafy green island in Lake Washington, just outside Seattle.  I visited their tranquil setting last year and over a cup of tea,  listened as they discussed Phil’s books, exhibitions, his nonprofit efforts in education, and his current project: capturing indigenous people’s of view mental illness. Phil is devoted to documentary photography, travel, and understanding cultural challenges. His image “Angkor Wat, Cambodia,” grasps the profound natural balance humans are capable of: mammoth stones, ancient roots and dark voids enlivened by delicate green lichen, stone carvings, and barefoot monks dressed in traditional robes.  For me, this image captures more than single moment of most photographs: it holds the past, the present, and the future.

-Angkorwat, Cambodia by Phil Borges depicts not only the magnificence of photography, but of nature and the world we live in. Three monks dressed in orange robes draw the viewer’s eye into the photograph, their garments bright and vibrant against the earth tones behind them. A colossal tree drapes over the walls of the temple, letting the viewer know how ancient the temple itself actually is. Although the temple was built by man, it looks almost as natural in the quiet forest as the tree that cradles it. You can almost feel the cool air emanating off the stone mixed with the dampness of the forest. The peacefulness that is produced by the subject of this image is astounding and its beauty lies in the calm silence the surrounds its subjects.

About Phil Borges

For over twenty-five years Phil Borges has been documenting indigenous and tribal cultures, striving to create an understanding of the challenges they face. His work is exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and his award winning books, which have been published in four languages, include Tibetan PortraitEnduring SpiritWomen Empowered and Tibet: Culture on the Edge. He has hosted television documentaries on indigenous cultures for Discovery and National Geographic channels. Phil also lectures and teaches internationally.

Phil’s recent project, Inner Worlds, explores cultural differences with respect to consciousness, mental illness and the relevance of Shamanic traditional practices and beliefs to those of us living in the modern world.

Phil’s program StirringHYPERLINK “http://philborges.com/stirring-the-fire” the Fire has produced several short documentaries, a book and an exhibition highlighting some of the extraordinary women worldwide who are breaking through gender barriers and conventions in order to enhance the well being of their communities.

In 2000 Phil founded Bridges to Understanding, an online classroom program that connects youth worldwide through digital storytelling in order to enhance cross-cultural understanding and help build a sense of global citizenship in youth. He also co-founded Blue Earth Alliance, a 501c3 that sponsors photographic projects focusing on endangered cultures and threatened environments.

Phil graduated from University of California as a Regents Scholar in 1969 and was honored with their prestigious University of California Medal in 2004. He lives with his family in Seattle.  http://www.philborges.com/

 

Own an Amazing Photo and Support an Amazing Cause!

We are excited to announce the launch of the Josephine Herrick Project Professional Photographers Online Gallery.  Our gallery was launched with 12 amazing photographs generously donated by 12 amazing professional photographers who are supporters of the Josephine Herrick Project’s mission which is “to provide completely free programs that inspire children, teens, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, enhancing their abilities to transform communities through artistic vision.”

This is a great opportunity to own an amazing  photograph and help support our programs!

 

Please visit the Online Gallery at:

Researching the Untold American Story of 900 Negatives

By Maureen McNeil – June 23, 2014

With the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, and the declaration of war, Josephine Herrick stepped out of her portrait studio on 63rd Street and into the NYC canteens. She engaged 35 volunteer photographers to take portraits of young men going off to war, and a print of each young man was sent to his family, in an effort to help the families stay connected.

Anove is a photo found in the JHP archives of a volunteer writing a letter to the family to include with the photo. Today more than 900 of these negatives, not seen since WWII, are housed at the JHP office. What kind of story will they tell when they are scanned, digitized and researched?  Where have all the young men gone? If alive today, most would be in their 90s. We are hoping to gather volunteers to help with this research project, to tell the stories of these young men in an exhibition celebrating of our 75th anniversary in 2016.

In the meantime, we are planning a research workshop this summer at the New York Public Library on 42 street to discover what we can about the fabulous Josephine Herrick. It is her  combined passions for photography and service that continue as our mission today. We encourage all of our participants follow Josephine’s footsteps and become engaged in their communities.

JHP Launches Professional Photographers Online Gallery!

“Paris Dove”  by Ryszard Horowitz

Own an Amazing Photo and Support an Amazing Cause!

by Jackie Augustine – June 18, 2014

We are excited to announce the launch of the Josephine Herrick Project Professional Photographers Online Gallery.  Our gallery was launched with 12 amazing photographs generously donated by 12 amazing professional photographers who are supporters of the Josephine Herrick Project’s mission which is “to provide completely free programs that inspire children, teens, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, enhancing their abilities to transform communities through artistic vision.”

This is a great opportunity to own an amazing  photograph and help support our programs!

 

Please visit the Online Gallery at:

Featured Photo of the Day

The featured photo of today is  “Paris Dove” 201 a signed 10 x 20 archival pigment print 10 x 20 by Ryszard Horowitz

About the Photographer

Ryszard Horowitz, photo: courtesy of artist

Article from CULTURE.PL

Photographer, Specialist in the field of commercial photography and precursor of digital photography reproduction. Born on the 5th of May, 1939 in Kraków. Currently resides and works in New York City.

Ryszard Horowitz has enjoyed a successful career over many decades in both fine art and commercial photography. In commercial photography Horowitz developed his own characteristic style that has brought him international recognition (experts call it the ‘Horowitz style’). The artist himself explains that,

“While contemplating the defining of my art, I think that it’s a combination of Galician surrealism and American madness. I was lucky enough not to lose touch with my roots. I was well educated in Poland and I had a solid background that allowed me to find my own place in America. The collision of both of these worlds forged my work style”.

The main ingredient of his formula was experimentation with various photographic techniques, along with the playfulness of form, which reverts to experiences and traditions of surrealism. Ryszard Horowitz’s images depict unreal dreamscapes crisscrossed with symbolic imagery. The artist’s astounding imagery is reminiscent of an atmosphere found in the paintings of Magritte and Salvador Dali. Zbigniew Dlubak, photographer and friend commented,

Surrealism taught him how to arrange meetings of ordinary objects and how to apply unusual proportions. It’s these things that project his intended atmosphere. It takes such bravery to boil it down to such simplicity, such talent and restraint to produce results, which are so suggestive and so fascinating.

From the very beginning, Horowitz was fascinated by the metamorphosis of matter and the transformation and connection of forms and their penetration. In order to obtain such effects, he implemented a multitude of techniques: retouching, multiple film exposures, switching of the membrane in the camera and re-exposing it along with shadow manipulation. Later he achieved the same results with the use of computers and specialized software. He often relies on the technique of photomontage. Preparation for all of his projects begins with a careful working out the concept and sketching.

Ryszard Horowitz was born in Kraków in 1939, a cataclysmic year in Polish history. During the Second World War, prior to being sent to concentration camps, he lived with his family in Kracow’s Ghetto. He found himself on the famous “Shindler’s list” and is one of the youngest survivors of the Auschwitz concentration camp. After the war he moved back to Kraków with his surviving family members. For a brief period of time during his childhood he grew up alongside Roman Polanski with whom he created his first photographic enlarger from cardboard. He started taking pictures at the early age of fourteen, though the road that led to photography began with painting. The artist recalls,

I was extremely lucky to have met Adam Hoffman during my studies at the Higher School of Arts in Kraków. He was an artist, painter, outstanding teacher and a wonderful man with whom I remained friends until the end of his life (Adam Hoffman died in 2001) It was he, who instilled in me; a young lad, the love for art and showed me how I’m supposed to tread as a young beginning artist. The professor showed us classical arts, taught how to copy the masters; learn their strokes, composition; he turned our attention to what happens to the world transfixed on a three dimensional object.

For two years, beginning in 1959, Horowitz studied painting in Kraków’s Higher School of Fine Arts, and later at the Academy of Fine Arts. He matured artistically during the period of the political thaw. At the time, Kraków was perceived as the center of avant-garde art painting, theater and film. Horowitz kept close relationships with artists from “Piwnica pod Baranami“, was fascinated by Jazz (He played clarinet) and had a keen interest in American photography. He photo documented the birth of Polish Jazz and in 1958 he prepared an exhibition at the People’s Theater in Nowa Huta called, “Naked Landscape” a collection of female nudes. Unfortunately, the exhibition was shut down after only a few hours due to moral concerns.

In 1959, Horowitz left for New York where he began his studies at the prestigious Pratt Institute in the commercial and advertising graphic design department. This is where encountered his mentor, the prominent photographer, Richard Avedon. He became his assistant and worked on the sets of sessions including the famous portrait session with Salvador Dali in 1963. At Avedon’s workshop he crossed paths with Alexey Brodovitch, the most influential figure in the generation of American photographers defined as the New York School. He took part in weekly seminars led by Brodovitch, who always encouraged his students to “Surprise me!” This mantra accompanied Horowitz during the realization of his own works.

With a diploma in his pocket he began his career by working at agencies involved in graphic design for film and television and participated in various important commercial projects. Eventually he ended up at Grey Advertising, where after a short time he assumed the position of Art Director. However, in 1967, after only two years of holding his position, he opened his own photography agency. He recalls,

I was following my own path, a bit upstream. Looking to find my own niche, I was hoping that my commercial clientele would like me enough to allow for a steady income. My first big campaign came out in France. It was Rodier, the biggest textile producer in France.

Horowitz’s first original creative projects were created around 1970 as a result of experiments with wide-angle lenses and false perspective. The final products were characteristic pictures that utilized the rules of optical montage. During the second half of the 60’s, the artist accidentally stumbled upon an anomaly that allowed him to develop his own unique method of work. During a photographic session with a live model in a studio using a wide-angle lens, he accidentally triggered the flash. He noticed during the film developing stage that due to the use of flash, the objects in the foreground looked to be enormous in size while the model standing behind them seemed to have “shrunk” substantially.

The artist was also interested in multi-elemental photography, which is the art of combining various pictures to create a unified image. Although his works are composed of fragments registered at different locations and at different times, the final product creates an impression of cohesiveness and an illusion of an anomaly captured in a single moment. In the beginning, Horowitz achieved astounding effects thanks to the use of tedious masking techniques. He was a pioneer of special photographic effects long before the Photoshop era. Projects such as “Apolonia” (1985) or the Lincoln-Mercury commercial campaign were created at this time. The artist said,

People are often convinced that my works were created recently and with the use of computer software. A lot of them were created prior to 1990, when I wasn’t aware of the existence of computers.

By the end of the 80’s, Horowitz was able to resign from darkroom work. Jerzy Kosinski’s wife, Kiki, said during one of her interviews, that computers with the ability of digital editing were created with this artist in mind. In 1991, during the inauguration of Horowitz’s exhibition at the Center of Photography in Geneva, he was officially named the initiator of a new style of commercial photography.

During the shooting of his first pictures with the application of computers, he worked alongside programmers, since achieving certain special effects required the use of special applications. This was the case during the creation of “Birds II”. This project shows a dove entering a twisted tube and coming out of the other end with colorful feathers, like a parrot. Another project, which earned him wide recognition, was the portrait of Jerzy Kosinski transforming into a bird. Among other projects are models jumping out of perfume bottles or being pulled behind waves in the sea, pigeons flying through glass etc. In a commercial for a famous jewelry company, he photographed its owner sitting on a latch for a pearl necklace while floating on a surface of water. Zbigniew Lagocki commented in an exhibit catalog for the artists work that,

Ryszard Horowitz’s commercial photography rarely has the character of direct information relating to the object. Rather, it stimulates the imagination of the viewer, and it forces them to certain associations, often reaching far beyond the substantive content of the advertisement.

Horowitz doesn’t allow computers to take control over his own ideas. He declares,

The computer for me is only a tool. Photographers working with traditional techniques shouldn’t be leery of digital imaging. I don’t think that traditional photography will disappear any time soon, yet everyone should follow new technologies. At the moment, it doesn’t matter if the technology used is traditional or not. The most important thing is the final product; what the given person has to say. It’s not the workshop alone nor is it the type of camera or lens used which decides, none of that matters.

Digital manipulation allows for the covering up of traces of mystification often visible in Horowitz’s photomontages. As it was in “Allegory I” in the 90s, where he composed a large number of pictures – sky from Peru, water from the Atlantic Ocean and other elements shot at his studio.

At first, Horowitz worked with computer studios that specialized in creating special effects for photography, film and television. This ultimately led to a long lasting cooperation with Robert Greenberg’s R/GA Print Company, which, in turn, put at his disposal some of the most state-of-the-art equipment. By 1994, the artist managed to equip his workshop with enough Macintosh computers and Silicon Graphics workstations to allow him to work independently on the realization of his own projects.

Epitomized as the surrealist of photography and a lens maven, no longer working on commercial photography, he spends his time experimenting, uncovering new techniques and digital and optical devices. He calls his works “photocompositions” as for him, a picture is something in the way of a musical composition.

In 2010, he organized a photographic session dedicated to the city of Poznan. It’s the third city he has photographed, after Kraków and New York City. At this time, however, Horowitz used a special camera, the same as the one used by NASA to photograph Mars. The final effect was a collection of forty pictures taken both from the ground and from a bird’s eye view. The artist used a hydraulic lift, scaled rooftops and towers, and for the final part of his project used a helicopter.

In 1987, Ryszard Horowitz’s individual exhibition was held at Warsaw’s Zacheta Gallery, and in 1994 the artist presented his works during the Camerimage Festival in Torun.

Important awards:

  • 1982 – Golden Cadillac Award in Detroit – for the best car of the year commercial campaign.
  • 1983 – Title of American Photographer of the Year in a national poll conducted by Adweec Magazine.
  • 1991 – Award from the American Photographic Artists association for the best picture of the year (“Bird II”)
  • 2008 – Award from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage “Gloria Artis”
  • 2010 – Title of Doctor Honoris Causa from Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts.

http://culture.pl/en/artist/ryszard-horowitz