David Kutz, Retro Redux

April 3 - 28, 2024

Retro Redux

The photographs in the series RETRO REDUX are similar in content, style and form to photographs made in the earliest days of the medium. The first photograph that didn’t fade in light was an abstracted cultural landscape of a courtyard by Nicéphore Niépce in 1826.

This work is informed by the New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape exhibition shown at the George Eastman House in 1975 and remounted in 2009 at the University of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography. Nine artists showed photographs of defunct factory buildings, suburban sprawl, industrial parks and vernacular buildings along America's roadways. These photographs revolutionized landscape art by making these vernacular structures acceptable artistic subjects.  My pictures, although inspired by the New Topographics movement, sometimes extend to landscapes without man-made elements.

Although the photographs of RETRO REDUX were shot in many different places around the world, they are unified by a focus on composition, color, form, line and texture. Looking at them, I wonder about the commonality of the built environment across cultures. Is it the way I see the world, or a result of globalization?

Why "Redux"? Some of these photographs were exhibited with the title of RETRO in 2016. The search continues!

The current series is composed of over 50 photographs available in book form at David Kutz's website.