Bruce Zander

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Bruce Zander
Denver, Colorado - United States




"Photographing the world around me has been a passion for most of my life.  I stay in the realm of black and white photography because of strong influence from masters of the black and white print.  Further, I believe that black and white medium allows us to see the world in a way which draws our attention to light, forms, and textures we may otherwise miss.  Black and white images reveal music of the world around us and a rhythm which we cannot detect with the full range of color.  

I use a 4x5 inch large format camera to take most of my photographs.  Photographing with a large format camera is usually more contemplative than photographing with smaller, hand-held cameras.  It is more contemplative because of the effort it takes to set up the camera and prepare for the exposure making it more akin to a painter setting up an easel and studying the imagery."


My interest in photography began over 44 years ago.  At an early age I learned how to take pictures with a fully-manual camera, develop film, and make prints.  With this basic skill in hand, I started the exciting journey of photographing the world around me and learning the art of photography.  

Although largely self-taught, I have studied the techniques and philosophies of some of the great black and white photographers of the 20th century.  In addition, I have studied with fine art photographers Alan Ross (assistant to Ansel Adams), John Ward (Colorado) and Howard Bond (Michigan), mastering printing techniques and studying photographic theory.  

My education as an environmental engineer contributes to the discipline and care associated with my photography whereas my studies as a classical pipe organ musician contribute to the fine art aspect of my photography.


2008  Golden Fine Arts Festival (1st Place Photography Category) 
2008  Photographers Gallery Annual Competition (Second Place, Black & White) 
1982  Denver Art Museum Western Nature Photographic Competition (Best of Show) 
1981  Denver Symphony Orchestra Art Exhibition (Second Place) 
1982  Denver Symphony Orchestra Art Exhibition (Third Place) 
1980  Frame Factory Gallery6 (Second & third Place-National Competition/Local Judging;  
          First  Place-National Competition/Regional Judging) 
1979  The Denver Magazine "Faces of Denver" Competition (Second Place)


Downtown Denver Arts Festival   (May 25 - 28)

Iowa Arts Festival, Iowa City   (June 1 - 3)
Omaha Summer Arts Festival   (June 8 - 10)
Crested Butte Arts Festival   (August 3 - 5)


The final print will be smaller and may have different proportions depending upon the image.  Custom matte sizes and frames are available. 

Each of the gelatin silver photographs is printed by the artist using archival darkroom techniques.  The prints are dry-mounted using museum mount tissue on white 100% rag museum board.  Conservation UV protection glass is used in framing (UV protection/scratch resistant acrylic used in framed photographs that are shipped.). A matte black metal frame is used in the framing.