Death Valley Slide Slopes gelatin silver print image 20 x 16
Bruce Barnbaum of Granite Falls, WA entered photography as a hobbyist
in the 1960s. After nearly 50 years, it is still his hobby; it has also
been his life’s work since 1970. He has taught workshops since 1972.
Bruce's educational background includes Bachelor's and Master's degrees
in mathematics from UCLA in 1965 and 1967. After working for several
years as a mathematical analyst and computer programmer for missile
guidance systems, he abruptly left the field and turned to photography
in late 1970.
His photography expands upon the dynamics he finds in both nature and
the works of man, relating forces to the sweeping forms that dominate
his vivid imagery. Visually he emphasizes the best of humanity and
nature, sometimes with bold realism, often with degrees of abstraction
to heighten the mystery. He understands light to an extent rarely
found, and combines this understanding with a mastery of composition,
applying them to an extraordinarily wide range of subject matter. His
photographs often contain ambiguities concerning either the size of the
scene photographed and/or its orientation, forcing the viewer to pause
and think, and to become part of the creative process.
Bruce is also recognized as one of the finest black and white
traditional darkroom printers on this planet. His color work, now
all-digitally created, attests to his ability to see equally well in
color or black and white, and to work digitally or traditionally to
obtain the finest results. His work is represented by galleries in the
United States and Europe, and is in the collections of museums and
private collectors worldwide.