LANDSCAPE AS SYMPHONY: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROBERT WEINGARTEN
May 27 - June 13, 2003
BARUCH COLLEGE, NEW YORK, NY (5/20/03)--The lush, sensuous landscape photographs of Robert Weingarten are saturated with color and quietude. Whether his camera is taking in the hills of Tuscany, the furrowed fields of Palouse, Washington, or a water lily pond in the Hudson Valley, the images are pristine encapsulations of a carefully chosen, unique moment in time.
An exhibition of Weingarten’s acclaimed photographic work, Landscape As Symphony, will be at the Mishkin Gallery Tuesday, May 27 through Friday, June 13, 2003. Opening reception on May 27, 7 – 9:30 pm.
Weingarten has been taking photographs since his childhood, but it is only in recent years that he HAS been able to redirect his primary focus from building a successful career in finance to recording the mesmerizing images of natural beauty he finds throughout the world. Weingarten captures the symmetry and elegance of Nature undisturbed by the intrusions of Man. A haystack or a lone house may humanize an image, but there is never any evidence of the cacophony of modern life to disturb the serenity and splendor of hills, mountains and meadows.
Each of Weingarten’s photographs is carefully orchestrated, as befits an artist whose initial inspiration came from the pastoral melodies of Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony. Before the final image is taken, he studies his chosen landscape under varying conditions of light and weather seeking the perfect “decisive moment” to engage his camera. Trained as a pilot, Weingarten even calculates the dew points for the area, so as to allow for the likelihood of fog or mist, frequently important elements in his pictures. In his people-less landscapes, the natural beauty of the terrain is captured at a unique and signal moment. The images are therefore both timeless and ephemeral. They have all the drama and deliberate composition of paintings with no suggestion of artifice or emotional contrivance.
Since making his professional debut in 1997, Weingarten’s photographs have achieved international acclaim. His works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, in the National Gallery of Australia, and in galleries throughout the USA and England, where he has been honored as a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.
The exhibition Landscape As Symphony presents sixteen of Weingarten’s most remarkable photographs, including images from Scotland, France, and South Africa’s Kalahari Desert, as well Tuscany and Washington State.
The Mishkin Gallery is located at Baruch College, 135 E. 22 Street, Manhattan. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 12 Noon to 5 pm; Thursdays, 12 Noon to 7 pm.