A conversation with photographer Bob Kolbrener about his work, artistic philosophy, influences and method.
Bob Kolbrener …noted photographer of the American West …provided these comments on July 14, 2010 at the opening of his exhibition at Lumière. This is the second in the series, Picturing the West.
His subjects …from landscapes to portraits …from symbols of man encroaching on nature to humorous signage …are all carefully and thoughtfully executed.
A show with Brett Weston in Los Angeles over 35 years ago launched his work. Since then, it has been exhibited throughout the United States as well as in Austria, China, Indonesia and Japan.
With photographs in numerous private and corporate collections …including Texaco, Polaroid, Southwestern Bell and A. G. Edwards …his images are also in collections at institutions such as the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Monterey Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art and Washington University.
Kolbrener began conducting workshops with Ansel Adams at Yosemite. In the quarter of a century since, he has continued teaching at other workshop venues in addition to serving as a guest lecturer at a number of universities and museums.
“Kolbrener stands apart because his photographs have a rare technical perfection—every print is ideal and masterful in light, tone, cropping and consistency.” – James D. Burke, Director, Saint Louis Art Museum