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Carl Volk : Photographs

Photography by Carl VolkCarl Volk studied photography at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, and did graduate work in photography and art history at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque (where he also studied classical guitar). Becoming familiar with the work of the master photographers (Alfred Steiglitz, Edward Weston, Minor White, Ansel Adams, Elliot Porter, Ernst Haas, Margaret Burke-White and many others) has given him an understanding of the capabilities of the photographic medium and has influenced the images he creates. Mr. Volk also has tremendous appreciation for Asian art, especially Japanese woodblock prints, and finds the simplicity, balance and attention to detail inherent in these graphics especially inviting. He believes that studying as much of the history of art, from Impressionistic paintings to pre-Columbian art to the works of Picasso and Henry Moore, can be invaluable for any artist. His love for music and architecture also influence his photographic work.

"We are used to viewing photography as the visual truth—photography records facts," says Carl Volk. "Despite the ability to change photographs by digital retouching techniques, most of us still face photographs as records of reality (unless there is obvious manipulation). This is the unique power of photography. I like to make photographs that are almost hard to believe, refining the reality towards an idealistic state, reaching towards a magical image that merges fantasy with reality. Although photographic technique plays a major role in creating these images, I try to create a finished product that does not remind one of technique. The image is fine-tuned by controlling tones and/or colors through use of (or waiting for) proper lighting."

Eight Photographs by Carl Volk

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