Issue No. 41
Since its founding 30 years ago, the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona, has grown into a premier repository of photographic history. As the center enters a fourth decade with renewed vigor, Richard Pitnick details its early years and gives us glimpses of today’s impressive holdings—exemplified by rarely seen works by Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Aaron Siskind, Eugene Smith, Frederick Sommer, Paul Strand, Gary Winogrand, and Edward Weston.
Inspired by such West Coast illuminaries as Edward Weston and his son Brett (Ryuijie lives and works in the same part of the country as the Westons, the Monterey Bay area) and instructed by San Francisco’s Oliver Gagliani, it’s no wonder that Ryuijie seems to see the world from the same vantage point as these artists. In his new work, however, he has gone further, experimenting with botanicals that capture plants and flowers imbedded in blocks of ice.
Working for decades with traditional photographic methods, he has now fully embraced digital technology, and in the process discovered the key to a new world of possibilities—his creativity blossomed.
The road he travels is his perch, the belief that there is something good in everyone and everything his guiding principle.
Growing up near train yards in the Midwest, she has spent her life photographing steam locomotives with a dogged obsession.
A true renaissance man, having traveled the world since the 1950s, he recently went to India, training his panoramic Hasselblad on the Hindu Divali Festival.
Frustrated with the power poles he found destroying the serenity of his landscapes, he decided to make them his subject.
She challenges her vulnerability by making her own stripped-bare body the object of exploration.
“One of my great interests is to probe the mystery of what exists between life and lifelessness,“ says this photographer, whose work examines the realm where mind and matter merges to create order and meaning.
Africa and Cuba have become the favored subjects for his traveling camera—Africa for its animals, Cuba for its colorful people and culture. He won the award for 2005 Travel Photographer of the Year.
He makes portraits of super-cente-narians—people who are over 110 years old. So far he has photographed 65 of them.