Ron Lutz

Ron Lutz
Photography | Artist in Fayetteville, Arkansas

About the Work

Ron Lutz has been involved in photography for over 40 years. His photographic journey includes photographing school sports using a 4x5 vintage press camera, creative photographic experiments, many years of photography and darkroom work for a worldwide corporation, black and white fine art work, digital media, and full circle back to the methods of the early photographers.
He continues to be fascinated by making and using various types of pinhole cameras—creating works using processes of the 19th century. Using these “primitive” techniques gave Ron a great appreciation for the perseverance and dedication of the artists that came before. He still uses 4x5 and 8x10 inch format cameras in his work. The view through these cameras is upside down and backwards which has the effect of shifting one’s perception of the scene into the right brain mode of creativity. It breaks down the composition to shapes and values.

The series “The Art of Negative Thinking” originated from a play on words. But, the more he considered the idea it occurred to him that there is a whole generation of photographers that have probably never even seen a negative. This series gives them the opportunity to look at images in a different way, to see how the information in a negative translates to the final image. This series is made by scanning the 4” x5” silver negative and making an archival print with the two images side by side. To see more work by this artist, visit: www.studio62.biz

About the Artist

Ron Lutz and his wife Jody Stephenson live the American dream at Studio 62, their gallery and home in Eureka Springs. Ron’s resume of photographic accomplishments includes exhibitions in Arkansas, Colorado, California, and Wyoming; publication in Southwest Art Magazine; ArtistinResidence award at Rocky Mountain National Park; and historical survey documentation for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

He specializes in black and white photography and has a passion for alternative photographic processes. Three of Ron’s photographs were selected for inclusion in the Architecture in Focus Exhibit at the Oakland Museum sponsored by the Council on Architecture . Ron has been juried into two exhibitions at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.


Artist Statement

Transparency, the very characteristic that give watercolour it’s luminosity, also makes it the most difficult to work with, because nothing can be hidden and making corrections are virtually impossible. Terry embraces the challenge inherent in the medium. “My best work comes from walking that fine edge. You must be willing to fail to succeed.” 

His strong sense of colour reflects years of exploration, combining observation with applied colour theory, a process that has led to a sensitive understanding of colour harmony. He describes the subtle but powerful use of colour as, “knocking the viewer over with a feather.”
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