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Donald B Moritz

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Donald B. Moritz is known for his striking photographs of the human form. In conventional classical style, Moritz draws on light and shadow to objectify the figure's intrinsic formal qualities, delineate form and explore the soft plasticity of the body. However, his use of chiaroscuro is distinctly contemporary as a result of surprising juxtapositions of crisp, sharp lines, edges and textures with fluid supple curves and softly modeled flesh.

Enjoying visual contradictions, in some pictures, Moritz explores tensions by contrasting superimposed, strong, man made linear and grid patterns on the curvilinear human form. Lone figures framed in doorways, windows, and boxes produce a modern graphic, often hard-edged quality. Frequently, the model seems preoccupied, introspective, or unaware of other human presence, thus making the viewer aware of the emotional distance between the model and the photographer. These evocative, powerful photographs explore the nature of self-awareness and challenge the viewer to look closely, beyond the superficial, to enter the dream world of the picture and consider the complexity of the nude.

Biography

Education
1947 - 1950 University of Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree 1950.
Additional Postgraduate work at Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio.

Professional memberships
Registered Professional Engineer, Ohio
Registered Professional Engineer, Minnesota
Registered Professional Engineer, Illinois
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Founder and first president of The Scaffold and Shoring Institute

Patents and publications
Patentee (9) in field.
Author of several articles published in technical journals.

Awards received
Listed in "Who's Who in America" for over 25 years.

Photographic Experience and Training
Photographic interest began in late 1950's. Self-taught in darkroom techniques with input from several photographic artists. Intentionally limited scope of photography to black and white figure studies in early 1980's. Studied with Bruce Barnbaum, Ruth Bernhard, Howard Bond, Edna Bullock, Martha Casanave, Lucien Clergue, Jeff Dunas, Ralph Gibson, Connie Imboden, David Michael Kennedy, Art Ketchum, George Krause, Ken Marcus, Tom McCartney, Ramon Navarro, Susan Meiselas, Cole Weston and others.

Furthered formal photographic education at Anderson Ranch, Santa Fe Workshops, Palm Beach Photographic Workshops, Maine Photographic Workshops, The Recontres de Arles in France in 1992 and 1994, and PhotoFest in Massa Marittima, Italy in 1993.

Lectures and conducts photographic workshops for "image-a-nation, unltd." and Ambient Light Workshops. Recent workshops have been at Big Sur, Four-Corners, Yosemite, Wisconsin and Xilitla, Mexico.

Co-founder of the American Photographic Academy.
Published in "Photokina", 1993.
Exhibited at Palm Beach Community College, 1992
Exhibited at Montgomery College, 1996
Work on display at Spectrum Gallery, Fresno, CA. 1995, 1996, 1997
Works are in the collections of several connoisseurs.

Summary
In anticipation of early retirement from the corporate world, the artist sought additional artistic training in fine art figure photography. His work and reputation continue to grow.