Tom Artin lives and works in Rockland County, New York. His subjects range from landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes to portraits, florals and still lifes. His work is consciously in the tradition of formal photography originally dictated by the slow exposure times of early processes. He prefers working with a camera mounted on a tripod. He began taking, developing and printing images in the early 1950s.
Artin's photographs are black and white and exploit the broad range of tonality and subtlety that medium affords. The flower studies, as well as the scenes of Venice and the Grand Tetons exhibited here were shot on Agfa Scala (black-and-white reversal) film, using Rolleiflex F, Rolleiwide, and Hasselblad cameras. Those images are scanned and printed via Conetech’s Piezography software with an Epson 3000 inkjet printer on Hahnemühle William Turner archival paper. The prints are matted with 100% cotton rag board, and mounted in Halbe museum frames. The double study of apples in a red-ware bowl was photographed using a 1934 Agfa-Ansco 8” x 10” view camera, and contact printed on Kodak Ektalure paper. The series of 8 smaller vignettes “Around the House” were photographed with the Rolleiflex F, and printed on Kodak Ektalure paper.
Though Artin’s work remains primarily in the realm of fine-art photography, he also does fashion and commercial assignments for both print and the web. His studio, in the Bel-Ans complex in Rockland County, doubles as his digital lightroom.
Born: November 12, 1938, Bloomington, Indiana
Education: Princeton University, BA, 1960, Ph. D., 1968
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