Dr. Gary Auerbach, has work in the permanent collections of the Smtihsonian, Institution, Library of Congress in Washington DC and in several European museums. He uses Southwest American Indians as a major focus of his work. Using a 100-year-old printmaking process of platinum and palladium metal salts contact printed on watercolor paper, Auerbach’s style is reminiscent of the classical photographs of turn-of-the century large format masters.
At a time when high-speed digital imagery is taking over the world of photography, Auerbach reverses the modern trend and turns to the classical realm of the large format camera and handmade platinum photographic papers. Using the quality of chiaroscuro, or contours modeled by light and dark values, the unique patinas and three-dimensional qualities of Auerbach’s photographs create images that fall somewhere between the charcoal sketch and the photographic palette. Auerbach has also developed the first autostereoscopic multidimensional platinotype in the history of photography, and an example of this process will be on exhibit in this Tucson Artists Open Studio Tour opening.
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Representative images include Navajo, Apache, Arapaho, Assiniboin, and Taos peoples. For additional information contact the Auerbach Arts and Science studio at 520-245 6730. or his website at www.WeWalkinBeauty.com. His studio address is 2730 N. Pantano Road, 85715.