Renowned photographer George Krause in town for retrospective and photo shoot
By Lulu Torbet
Much-honored photographer George Krause, who received the first Prix de Rome and the first Fullbright/Hays grants ever given to a photographer, is having a retrospective of work spanning over 50 years at Berlin Restaurant, opening on March 7.
Photographer George Krause Retrospective
Thu, Mar 7, 4-7pm
A master of light, and an insightful and compassionate scholar of the human condition, Krause will be showing 40 to 50 of his evocative large-format black and white images from several past series. He refers to “The Street,” begun in the 1950s, as a “diary of the places I visited and the people I met.” “Fountainhead,” the photo shown here, is from this series. The misery and suffering portrayed in the statues in the series “Saints and Martyrs” are intended by Krause to convey the passion and empathy of the artists who made them. The melancholic, sorrow-drenched images of cemeteries and embellished graves in the “Qui Riposa” series stem from the photographer’s awareness, from the time of his father’s death when he was two, of his own mortality. The aclassical, atypical nudes of “I Nudi”—unlikely figures in unlikely poses and settings—are refreshing and provocative, even witty. The show will include a small number of 30” x 40” and 24” x 36” images, and approximately 20 14” x 17” matted and framed images. You can read more about George Krause and see some of the photos that Berlin Restaurant will show at www.georgekrause.com .
Krause’s main focus during his two-week visit to San Miguel de Allende will be a major photo shoot for his ongoing “Sfumato Nude” series. (The Italian term sfumato, literally “smoky,” refers to the diffuse, misty quality of the light in these images). The models for these photos stand inside a light box of his own design, which, because it is backlit, has the effect of erasing the outlines of the body, and focusing on secondary features and details of the figure. He exhibits these images larger than life size—usually 44” x 82”. Although he has for years been using a specially-built portable box that can be set up in any location, a new one has been built for his shooting in San Miguel, which he expects to use for travels to Mexico City and other parts of the country
With a chockfull shooting schedule from March 8-16, George hopes to take photos of close to 100 volunteer models—male and female, solo or in couples or families, young and old. Plans are for him to return to San Miguel in November for a show of his San Miguel sfumato nudes at the Granary (next to the amphitheater on Calzada de la Presa). To sign up as a model for the San Miguel Project of Sfumato Nudes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The final images will be exhibited in free-standing back-to-back pairs, lined up in informal “passageways” that allow the viewer to have the uncanny experience of walking through them. If you can’t wait to see up close and personal what this kind of exhibition looks like, check out this video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sNnQmqFG6I&feature=youtu.be&t=5m50s.
Born in Philadephia in 1937, Krause now lives in Wimberly, Texas, having retired as chairman of the Department of Photography that he created at the University of Houston. His work is in major public and private collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Houston’s Museum of Fine Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris. The exhibit will run through March 21.