Thursday, March 12, 2009

Jody Forster Guest Presentation

We had the privilege of having Jody Forster show prints at our Large Format class last night. Jody is a personal friend of our teacher, Rod Klukas.

Jody is considered one of the finest black & white printers in photography today. He has studied with Ansel Adams and Oliver Gagliani. One of the last great landscape photographers, he has devoted his life to his art. Although he focuses on the American Southwest, he also has significant bodies of work from the Himalayas and Antarctica. He has twice been awarded National Science Foundation grants to live and photograph in Antarctica. Keep in mind all this work was done with large format cameras, mostly 8x10" and 5x7".

In addition to his black & white Desert work he showed color work from Nepal and Antarctica, as well as an image made from an Air Force reconnaissance plane with a "hand-held" 5x7" camera (below).

Jody also brought some new 32x40" silver prints. Stunning is the only word I can muster after viewing these great images. If you are a collector of fine photography, Jody's prices cannot be beat. His 20x24" silver prints start at $800, and his new 32x40" silver prints are priced between $2200-$2500. A bargain considering some of the so-called "art" being pushed on us these days.

To learn more about Jody Forster and see more of his work please visit these sites:

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