NAME : David MuenchD.O.B. : June 25, 1936 in SantaBarbara, CaliforniaHe is an American landscape and naturephotographer known for portraying theAmerican western landscape.He is the primary photographer for morethan 50 books and his work appears in manymagazines, posters, and private collections.
Specific information about the photographer’s style ofphotography. Has their style (or subject matter) change over thecourse of their career? He has lately been experimenting with digital cameras as a result of his work photographing World Heritage Sites for UNESCO and Panasonic. But his style of works remain constant throughout the year.
Contribution to the field ofphotography? Muench’s work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries, including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop, California. A shared exhibit with Ansel Adams and Jack Dykinga was mounted at the Phoenix Art Museum, The Center for Creative Photography, and the Museum of Northern Arizona. He was commissioned by the National Park Service to provide 33 photographic murals presenting the landscapes of the Lewis and Clark expedition. These are on permanent display at the Jefferson Expansion Memorial under the Arch in St. Louis. Monumental in concept, the 15 foot tall panels extend more than 350 feet along their wall. His work also hangs in numerous private collections. He has published over 50 exhibit format books.
How has his/her work influence or make a positivechange? Inventor of original and oft-imitated approaches to the landscape, Muench brings his own idea of geography into both his spectacular color and black and white images. For him, the craft and the art of photography are paramount, yet nothing is more important than presenting his beloved wilderness to viewers so that they might be moved to act on its behalf. For him, all of nature is a context, each tiny element of critical importance to the magnificence of the whole. It is this connectedness he seeks, an idea he presents in the book, Plateau Light. “When photographing, I tune in to the natural rhythms and pulse of the land . . . to communicate and champion the stark beauty that is nature – its wildness, its opposites. . .” As James Lawrence wrote in the text for Plateau Light, “Muench’s international reputation derives from an unflinching embrace of nature’s nuances. He engages the primal landscape across all the human fronts: as thinker, dreamer, seeker, lover, lifelong friend.”
How does he/she make a living? (assignment, stockphoto, prints, workshops, etc) In 1964 Muench made the commitment and started contributing landscape shots to magazines, calendars, and books. At the time he was one of few landscape photographers so he found himself in demand for the type of work he produced. In 1975 Muench was commissioned to photograph 33 large murals and 350 smaller photos on the Lewis and Clark Expedition for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri. To date his photos have been found in close to 100 books, posters, magazines and private collections. One of the main reasons Muench continually photographed nature is due to his true love of it and a desire to introduce the beauty to the world so they will work to help save and protect the beauty of the United States.
Any special techniques used ( like lighting, perspective, color, b/w, etc.) Much of David Muench’s photographs were taken with a large format 4 x 5 camera, but has more recently added a 35 mm camera format to his equipment list. Part of the beauty of his photographs come with time. He often has to wait for hours for the light to be perfect in order for him to produce the photo he desires. He hosts photo workshops teaching aspiring nature photographers to see the world the way he does, teaching them that often great photos will take time.
How to distinguish his/her work fromothers? Muench’s work has often been compared to that of Ansel Adams with one main difference, his work is done in color. He utilizes light in such a way that it paints a picture with the natural landscape. Much of the beauty of his work is based on the fact that he pays close attention to detail, highlighting even small elements such as the texture of stones. Muench accomplished most of his photos utilizing color slide film, but has found over the years that slides often fade and the images do not remain consistent over time. His predecessors, Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter, did their work in black and white which lasted much longer. To help avoid this problem Muench began to scan his images into his computer and restoring some of the images that have faded over time. He is careful not to manipulate the results beyond the original color and quality of the images he recorded. Muench has stated, “It is important not to have the images disappear faster than the landscape does.”
How do you respond to the photographer’s work?What did you learn or look up to him/her as rolemodel? From my point of view, i find his style very unique – for example the way he fills the frame completely with a subject – his ability to make stunning photograph in completely benign weather or the way he seems to let the terra firma dictate the photograph and the sky ends up wherever it ends up – you often see a thin sliver of sky which is so close to the top of the frame you would think it would make compositional sense to crop out completely!
1 & 2 images : I like this piece of work because the opening shot with the low sun and large boulders is fantastic. Some of his photos appear to be too dark and the sun is shining off the the canyons and it makes the entire canyon a bright orange color. He really pay attention into the smallest details to make his photo looks perfect, such as the arrangement that used to guide the viewers eye to the vocal point. 3 image : On the 3rd picture He also used the same method, but for this one he pay attention more on the flower and the cold mood. The end result makes the viewer feel that he/she is belong there and they can feel the breeze just by looking at the picture.
4 & 5 : Spectacular beauty of our naturallandscapes and created from the use ofsilhoutte, object frame and arrangementof the trees and mountain. Cool Moodcolour to envoke strong and steadfast orlight and friendly and sometimes calmingfeeling