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Bruce Zander

Denver, Colorado, United States



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About the Artist

• Zander has been studying and practicing the art of printing for over 50 years.
• His images have been shown in galleries selected for juried gallery shows and publications. He has had one-man shows displaying his intaglio prints, gelatin silver photographs, and large canvas pieces known as “intaglio-in-collage.”
• Both his intaglio prints and gelatin-silver prints are part of private and commercial collections.
• Zander has received awards from the Denver Art Museum, The Denver Symphony Orchestra, Photographers’ Gallery, the Denver Magazine and other entities. His work has been published in both magazines and newsprint. His work was selected by Home and Garden Television network (HGTV) to appear in its Denver showcase “Green Home.”
• Zander has studied the techniques and philosophies of masters of the black and white print for many years. He has studied with fine art photographers Alan Ross (assistant to Ansel Adams), John Ward (Colorado), and Howard Bond (Michigan) in courses taught by them on advanced printing techniques and photographic theory. In addition, he has studied intaglio printmaking with master printer Mark Lunning (named as a “Denver Art Treasure” by the Denver Post) over many years at the Art Students League of Denver.
• Currently represented by Artwork Network Gallery (artworknetwork.com).


Artist Statement

Photographing the world around me has been a passion for most of my life. My prints explore the visual melody found in visions of landscape, people, architecture, and the abstract. My imagery starts with a black a white photograph. The black and white image draws our attention to light, forms, and textures we may otherwise miss. Black and white images reveal music of the world and a rhythm that is otherwise hidden in color images.

I am attracted to both the vintage process of the traditional darkroom as well as the age-old process of intaglio printmaking. Both of these art mediums offer an opportunity to work with my hands using analog methods of expression.

At the beginning of my process, I use a large vintage type bellows camera to maximize the level of detail and quality in the image. With such a camera, photographing is more of contemplative process. Taking the time to set up the shot, studying the scene, and preparing the exposure is more akin to a painter setting up an easel and studying the imagery.

My photographs are first developed by hand in the traditional darkroom in the form of gelatin-silver prints. These prints make up my portfolio of photographs. I then reinvent these photographs in the form of intaglio prints. The photographs are transferred to etched metal plates that are then used to make ink-based prints. The intaglio provides a texture and feel that goes beyond the photographic rendition.


Awards

2008 Golden Fine Arts Festival (1st Place Photography Category)
2008 Photographers Gallery Annual Competition (Second Place, Black & White)
1982 Denver Art Museum Western Nature Photographic Competition (Best of Show)
1981 Denver Symphony Orchestra Art Exhibition (Second Place)
1982 Denver Symphony Orchestra Art Exhibition (Third Place)
1980 Frame Factory Gallery (Second & third Place-National Competition/Local Judging;
First Place-National Competition/Regional Judging)
1979 The Denver Magazine "Faces of Denver" Competition (Second Place)