Ryszard Horowitz / Photocomposer

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A retrospective of a world acclaimed, exhibited and collected photographer. Ryszard is recognized as a pioneer of special effects photography predating digital imaging. Although it is not a how to book it reveals many of Ryszard Horowitz's special techniques, and conceptual sketches. It includes as well a Callendarium section that deals with his extraordinary life.

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Ryszard Horowitz was born in Krakow in Poland on May 5th 1939. Four months later the Nazis had invaded his homeland and his entire family ended up being sent to a series of concentration camps. They miraculously survived and at the war's end were amongst the few Jewish families who were able to re-establish their lives in Krakow. Ryszard is one of the youngest known survivors of Auschwitz. Ryszard studied art at the High School of Fine Arts in Krakow and then went on to major in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in his home city. In 1956 during a brief political and cultural thaw in Poland the government awarded subsidies to encourage new and original art forms and Krakow suddenly emerged as a center of avant-garde jazz, painting, theater and filmmaking. Ryszard, who was seventeen at the time, took full advantage of being at the heart of the action and consequently became fascinated with American photography. In 1959, he finally achieved his ambition of immigrating to the United States and enrolled at New York's famed Pratt Institute. While still a student at Pratt he was given a scholarship to be apprenticed to Alexey Brodovitch, one of the most influential figures in the world of editorial design and photography at the time. After graduating from Pratt in 1963, Ryszard then worked for a number of film and design companies and as an art director for Grey Advertising. In November 1967 he left Grey and opened his own photography studio. Photography would be his lifelong career and passion. In the ensuing four decades his work has been exhibited, published and collected around the globe and Ryszard has been awarded every major accolade that can be bestowed on a photographer. He is recognized as a pioneer of special effects photography predating digital imaging.

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Dear Ryszard, Greetings. I had a change of address and your dazzling book has just reached me. Like your earlier one which I still cherish and possess this one is absolutely wonderful to look at as you must yourself know. To me, a mere punter as they say down here in the Antipodes, it s so conceptually exciting to me, and the creativity seems so easy that I wonder why everyone can t let their brain fly as you do. It s because the rest of us aren t Horowitz, that s why. Ryszard, I can t but look at these knockout images without thinking of your early history. In a sense neither can you, since I see you address it at the end of the book. It s my guess that after those beginnings and wounds, of the kind no earthly child should bear, you must not always in the watches of the night feel as lustrous and celebratory as your images are. It s easy for me to say, but this makes the light-filled, affirmative images all the more a miracle. The shadow of the KL doesn t seem to fall across your colour-filled, mentally sportive, cosmically and joyfully declarative work at all. It shows how fierce in you burned the fires of life over those of ... well, I m sure you don t want to be reminded by a stumbler from Oz. May I add my congratulations to the world s, and thank you again for seeking me out in my Australian fastness. Tom Keneally --Tom Keneally, the author of Schindler's List

This anthology of Horowitz's work during the span of his impressive career offers any photography enthusiast insight into the works of a pioneer photographic surrealist. Polish born photographer Ryszard Horowitz has been working since the late fifties.Brn in Krakow, Poland in 1939, he spent his first five years of life in Nazi German concentration camps. These experiences, at least to Horowitz, don't define his aesthetic when it comes to his photographic work, which is comprised of various techniques that results in other worldly images that are products of an active intelligent imagination. There is an interesting chronology of his lifr and work towards the back that opens the life of the artist to the reader. Here the reader explores the artistic life outside of his studio. One becomes familiar with the family, the rots: the friends of the artist that help inspire him. Ania, Horowitz's wife, became a muse to him and has been used in much of his work. Horowitz's work is fictitious and surrealist. His influence come from painters. He knows how to fill a frame. Also known for composing images not only from the camera, but outside of it, even before the advent of computer technology, which he uses in later works, Horowitz is an originator and pioneer of the photocomposition style. One tends to view his earlier images as if they weer done by computer. It is difficult to imagine that they were not. Much of his work is dreamlike, jubilant, pensive, and filled with humor. He manages to remain artistic without having to rely on dark, somber, or frightening imagery to tell a story. Though some of his work is commercial, it doesn't feel or come across as advertising. the work is too genuine. Horowitz developed his own style of imagery. His style is definitely meant to provoke. One of the most interesting aspects of the book is the inclusion of Horowitz's sketches and other versions of the works that he is known for. The compelling view into artistic mind is essential to ndestand teh horowitz's aesthetics. The multiple versions of photographs also help to understand the narrative and creative process of his visual fantasies. Also, when looking at his photography, before the advent of computer editing, to see the conception of ideas drawn out, and planned before getting behind the cameta, inspires photographers. In an age when apprenticeships are few, these types of techniques and ways to plan are invaluable source of information. Ryszard Horowitz is a wonderfully stuning compilation os over forty years of artistic work. He has put together an excellent slice of all the aspects of his creative occupation without overstuffing the book or jumbling the works on its own. It is an excellent source book for inspiration and technique into an unconventional photographer. --Jose M. Gonzales (TakeGreatPictures.com)

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