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December - Kevin Bubriski.

Kevin Bubriski has exhibited worldwide and his work can be seen at, for instance, The Museum of Modern Art in New York. For nine years he worked in Nepal, and has photographed his journeys to India, Tibet, and Bangladesh. In addition he has worked on assignments across South Asia, Central Asia, and West Africa. Kevin Bubriski has published three books; Portrait of Nepal, Power Places of Kathmandu and Pilgrimage: Looking at Ground Zero.

”I started photography as a young teenager, fascinated by the thrill of seeing black and white images appearing on the developed film and then as prints in the darkroom. In the high school photo club and then in college I took a number of courses.
After four years in Nepal with the Peace Corps I learned photography on the job in New Mexico as a newspaper reporter and as a fine art photographic printer for French photographer Bernard Plossu.

Today my major clients would be the collectors, museums and institutions that collect my fine art photographs. I also work as a photographer covering southern Vermont for Vermont Life magazine and internationally for Aramco World.
My inspiration comes from so many photographers; Atget, August Sander, Edward Weston, Helen Levitt, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Josef Koudelka, Gilles Peress, Sally Mann and Susan Meiselas. My ambition is to reach viewers of all ages and persuasions and ideally renew their interest in the visual world and their appreciation of our human diversity and complexity.

For the past three years I have been active with my Hasselblad doing portraiture photography of political expression on the streets of the cities and small towns of the USA. I am also working on a retrospective of thirty years of my photography.
My travel assignments are often the most interesting because my assumptions are always questioned when I am in a new place or when I return home with a new perspective acquired from my time away. This keeps my vision fresh.
 Most satisfying are books because once the photographs are put together as a published work then the photographs and the book take on a life of their own as independent objects.
My camera of choice and most commonly used is the old Hasselblad 500CM with the standard 80mm lens or a wide angle lens. There is a familiar comfortable formality to working regularly with this camera. My biggest requirement with camera equipment is dependability. So far my old Hasselblads have needed very little repair and have never let me down in even the remotest places.

I am brand new to digital photography and I am a bit overwhelmed by its capabilities. Ansel Adams would probably have loved the new digital technology. I have just started shooting raw files with the digital camera and I am very impressed with the capture speed and high resolution .
Coming originally from 35mm photography at first I felt the square format was too static. But I quickly discovered the beauty of the square format with its classic formality.
I work in a documentary way, usually with the camera handheld and using available light. I usually shoot Tri-X for black and white work and for color Portra or a Fuji film. I find I am constantly moving in relation to my subject in order to find the composition that works best.
Planning an assignment starts with discussions with the editor and writer about what is to be covered and the kind of images that are essential to the story. Then come the nuts and bolts of arranging travel plans and/or appointments with people or places to be photographed.  When on location or actually shooting I try to take care of covering what the editor will need and expect and from there I depart on some of my own kinds of images if time permits and the situation stays fresh and interesting. Planning and juggling go hand in hand with the balancing of work for hire with my own work and with family responsibilities.

Often I will be on assignment and make extra time for myself at my own expense to explore a place in a more personal way. Hard work and persistence are very important. It is a tough field with lots of talented individuals. So it’s also important to not only learn the trade and technical tools, but also uncover one’s personal vision”