Camera Obscura: Modern Primitivism

Photographs by Darius Kuzmickas


Darius Kuzmickas

 

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  • Kuda Editions, 2005
  • 34 pp. with 16 sepia and color illustrations., 8½x8½”

From the publisher

Camera Oscura, published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, features a selection of photographs taken using both large-format and digital pinhole cameras . The results are warm, intimate images, focusing primarily on landscapes. And while the images shot using traditional film cameras and toned to deep sepias take on the look of immutable antiquities, the digital work is more like a series of hazy memories, providing an interesting counter-point with its fuzzy coloration and off-kilter composition.

About Darius Kuzmickas

Born in Kaunas, Lithuania, currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

His varied spectrum of personal work consist of pinhole (camera obscura), landscape, conceptual and architectural imagery. He masterfully explores seams between photography and fine art, dark and light, literal and abstract, known and unknown, conscious and subconscious.

Darius works spontaneously, using his intuition to create something visually stimulating and exciting; something, perhaps, that has never been captured before in such a way. And yet, each piece maintains its own unique life and visual cohesiveness. He often uses the camera obscura (pinhole camera), and he is interested in basic, elementary occupation with the medium itself, researching and exploiting all the opportunities it offers. The actual photographic subject or motive remains in the realm of intimation and open to opposing interpretations. Observing his images does not often result in the recognition of the specific object or place, but instead tends to reveal a new puzzle. In a certain sense, it is “photographic primitivism,” which seeks a new beginning through recourse of the elementary.


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