PORTLAND, Ore. (Feb. 22, 2018) -- When you enter the world of photographic artist Austin Granger, you enter a more poignant version of the world you know. He sees, speaks to us and tells us the hidden stories between places and objects we so often miss.
"When I'm photographing well, I have the most uncanny feeling that the pictures are predestined. I recognize them. They echo the feelings inside myself. They correspond."
Representing 15 years of work, Granger will exhibit 60 black and white photographs in "Correspondence," his first solo exhibition in nearly a decade.
"I want to express emotions that people will recognize. I want my pictures to be a correspondence between us, to be both the place and the record of our meeting,"
"Correspondence" runs Saturday, March 10, to Tuesday, April 10,
at LightBox Photographic Gallery, 1045 Marine Dr., Astoria, Ore.
Opening reception: March 10, 5 to 8 p.m.
Artist's talk: March 10, 4 to 5 p.m. Call 503-468-0238 to reserve seating.
A 76-page catalogue of "Correspondence" is available for $25.
"Austin Granger is making the most interesting landscape photography in the modern genre," states Ray Bidegain, photographer-educator and Lyceum Portland founder. "It is driven by a keen sense of graphic organization, is sometimes humorous and is always uniquely his own vision."
Michael Granger of LightBox Photographic Gallery agrees. "Plan ahead for the very expressive and extremely talented Austin Granger," he urges. "We look forward to introducing you to the imagery of this prolific visual master." Established in 2009, this is the gallery's 107th show.
Platinum palladium prints
For more than 15 years, Granger has practiced his craft using the richness, depth and authenticity only black and white film delivers.
For this exhibition, 60 photographs were rendered as luminous platinum palladium prints on Hahnem?1/4hle Platinum Rag, museum quality paper, in collaboration with
The Cunningham Press. Hahnem?1/4hle provided generous support for the exhibition.
Austin Granger bio
Born in San Francisco in 1970, Granger has worked as a baker, house painter, naval radar operator and camera salesman. He first began to photograph while studying philosophy at the University of California -- Santa Cruz as a way to get out of his head. Preferring to use traditional film cameras, Granger has come to see his photography as a spiritual practice -- a way in which to shape his life and enrich his relationship with the world. He lives with his family in southwest Portland.
Granger is the author of the hauntingly beautiful "Elegy From The Edge Of A Continent, Photographing Point Reyes," published by Goff Books in 2016 with 188 pages and 80 stunning photographs. To order a copy, visit Goff Books.
In addition to his coming talk at LightBox, Granger recently spoke to the Photography Council at the Portland Art Museum and will address the Portland Photography Forum, March 19, 2018.
Note: Although their last name is the same, Michael and Austin are not related.
For a copy of the show catalogue, call The Cunningham Press,
503-544-5935, or view at www.thecunninghampress.com/press-kits
Visit Austin Granger's personal website at www.austingranger.com
For photos, artist statement, interview with the artist and more,
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Granger's strong body of work is worthy of attention... --Cary Benbow, F-Stop Magazine