What’s an analog camera? In a world overrun by everything digital; master photographer Guggenheim Fellow Michael P. Berman continues to amaze us with his immaculate carbon pigment prints. Like the Chinese shan shui paintings of the 5th century, his photographs evoke a commune with nature – a temporary withdrawal or retreat into the natural world. Armed with a fully loaded Wista metal field camera, Michael enters vast “wastelands” in search of fragments (within nature) that will inspire him to create. In conversations about his work, he often mentions the importance of “the ability to see what is there,” i.e. what happens when we abandon our social, philosophical and political convictions? We experience LIFE in its most raw form and if we’re lucky, we can also capture an amazing photograph. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008 and a grant from the McCune Charitable Foundation in 2011. Mr Berman is in the permanent collections of the MET, Amon Carter, Santa Fe Museum of art to name a few.
Carbon Pigment Prints
480 Plate installation