Luther Gerlach

Photographer Male Ventura, California, US
Mayhem # 75308

About Me

Luther Gerlach is one of the foremost artists working in historical photographic processes. For the past 30 years, he has been involved with many aspects of the art form, including lecturing and demonstrating at museums, universities and private workshops; building the cameras he works with and collecting lenses, cameras and other historical photographic technologies. Gerlach has conducted workshops and master classes across the United States and Europe, including at the inaugural European Wet plate collodion symposium. As expert in historical processes he has contributed to the Getty Museum’s Encyclopedia of Photographic Processes. As an artist, “my main emphasis is working with the poetic structure of light to coax layers of meaning and beauty from my subject matter.”
Gerlach uses his extensive collection of antique cameras and lenses for his work, with a special focus on mammoth plate cameras. His primary focus for the last 15 years has been the wet plate collodion process. Gerlach has done over 200 on-site demonstrations, lectures and workshops at the J. Paul Getty Museum and was a featured speaker at the 2015 Alternative Photographic International Symposium. He has taught historical photographic processes at universities around the country, including UCLA, Art Center, Tulane, Brooks Institute of Photography and New York Film School. His work is exhibited internationally and included in major private and museum collections.


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Work has appeared in: Architectural Digest, American Photographer, People, View Camera magazine, Fabric

Feature articles: View Camera magazine, Shutterbug Photo magazine, Santa Barbara Magazine, Looking Glass Magazine

Work has been exhibited at over two hundred art festivals, winning major awards at Cherry Creek, Coconut Grove, Tampa Bay and Salt Lake City

Corporate collections: Shell, Exxon, Stone Oil

Museum collections: J.P. Getty Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Columbia College Chicago, Denver Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Schacknow Museum of Fine Art, LACMA

Licensing companies: Pier 1 and the Bombay Company, Aaron Brothers, Z Gallery

Celebrity clientele: President Barack and Michelle Obama, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Nick Nolte, Bruce Willis, Michael Wilson, Oprah Winfrey



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