THE ARTIST'S STATEMENT
Fine art photography is the
print. Every thing that the photographer wants you to know about the
subject is contained on a piece of paper. Each of my photographs is
a graphic presentation of my vision. When I'm shooting black and
white film, everything in the world is reduced to black, white, and
every tone in between.
All that is encoded into this document has the potential to last
centuries. While the process of making an image is gone forever, the
communication between the subject and the viewer remains. The
photographer may be long gone, the camera obsolete, the process
lost, and now all the excitement is about what is presented in the
I shoot at the edge of bright light, using incidental or reflected
lighting. I choose to work with available light, because it produces
such a rich, continuous tonality in the photograph. I like to make
it as lush and gorgeous as I possibly can. Sometimes that means
sparkly grays, and sometimes it means a lot of black. The key to the
print is the quality of the captured light, graphically imaged in
Finally, the viewer's ambient lighting strikes the silver print, and
illuminates the original scene. This is the photograph's moment. In
the end, it's a little like alchemy or hocus-pocus.
For me, all the elements add together and compound. It's chemistry,
and it's also magic.
October 7 to January 22,
First Friday Reception
Friday, January 7th 2010
5:30 to 7:30 pm
About Jim Stipovich
East Bay photographer Jim Stipovich works with
medium format cameras (Hasselblad and Rolleiflex)
and all black and white film using natural light to
create these intimate timeless photos. Each archival
silver gelatin print is printed by hand in
his private darkroom.
Jim began photography at age 15. In high school he
worked as a photojournalist for the
Standard in 1962, while also attending
photography classes at Humboldt State College. From 1965-1970, Jim
was an undergraduate a the University of California, Berkeley. He
studied photography under
Dhaemers and Ruben Samberg, majoring in
design Design/Photography. He was editor and art
director of The Pelican, an on-campus magazine.
Post college work included a fellowship at Anatolia
College, in Thesolonika, Greece, and work as a
freelance photographer and professional black and
white darkroom technician.
Jim creates vital, direct pictures of people and
places that grab the eye of the viewer.
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