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    A rare photographer you may wish to know

    I’d like to commend to any not familiar with it, the work of a certain Finnish photographer I just discovered. His name is Kristoffer Albrecht; his site is here:

    https://www.kristofferalbrecht.com/2015ndash2018.html

    It has become somewhat rare for me to find for the first time a photographer whose work continues to draw me in like a book you can’t put down. I don’t claim to be familiar with many of today’s outstanding photographers, but I do look in the time available. Albrecht’s work, which I came across in Peter Fetterman‘s book, The Power of Photography, recently mentioned here, has the power of some of the great photographers of generations past, often reminding me of Strand in a certain way. His eye for composition is among the keenest I have ever seen, as both his images and printing—apparently mostly or all silver gelatin, I infer from the work on the Peter Fetterman Gallery site—convey. The printing is extraordinary; I don’t know how he does it. It appears from the grain in the images on his site, many of which show pronounced grain, that he works in 35mm and perhaps medium format, but the quality of many of the images speaks of the kind of painstaking, patient attention to detail and timing that is many times associated most with large format.

    He also has a delightful sense of humor, and both formal and contextual irony weave through many of his images.

    He hosts a great deal of work on his site; it’s one to be bookmarked for returning to repeatedly. Among the work, especially in a certain time period, are a number of playfully constructed still lifes. It is not for me to judge what his intention was with them, but I see them as experiments in craft, in which the interplay of elements in various planes of the image, the various parts of its space in all directions, is carefully managed with respect to depth-of-field, balance, tonality, relationship to the edges, and so forth. He is a master of complex composition and often uses small elements at the edges as counterpoint to large dynamic “fields” within the image.

    At his best, his images are, in my view, on a par with any of the great photographs I know. One can only imagine the enjoyment of seeing actual prints. I will certainly be continuing my education at his site.
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    Philip Ulanowsky

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    Re: A rare photographer you may wish to know

    Really interesting work! thanks for sharing!

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    Thanks for pointing him out.
    Great work.

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    Re: A rare photographer you may wish to know

    Those are some mesmerizing images- I really like his still-life work.

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    His sense of timing and juxtaposition in his photographs with human (and animal) subjects is impeccable!

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    Those are wonderful photographs. Thanks for sharing.

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    “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.”

    —Edward Weston.


    Back to the foundational realities of Composition, Lighting, Form.. all this "gear" -en_stuff will always be nothing more than a means to this end..

    Bernice

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    Philip,

    Thank you for introducing him to us. I really enjoy his work.

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    I need to start keeping all the stuff I'm trying to throw away! He gets a lot of mileage from those old mirrors!

    Thanks for sharing - I enjoyed looking at his work.

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    Re: A rare photographer you may wish to know

    Really like the quality of light in some his images.
    Les

    On occasion I noticed there is real life outside the GG/viewfinder.

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