FRED PRICE ARTIST STATEMENT

 

I was looking at the framed prints from my retrospective show at the center for the arts at homer, NY, and as I was putting them into bags to protect them from dust and fumes, I was struck by what seems to be my intention in making those pictures. The ones that I deemed successful, at the time, had in common, my idea of beauty.

I was looking at the framed prints from my retrospective show

at the center for the arts at homer, NY, and as I was putting them into bags to protect them from dust and fumes, I was struck by what seems to be my intention in making those pictures. The ones that I deemed successful, at the time, had in common, my idea

of beauty.

 

It looked like I wanted to find, capture, construct and share beauty. Whether in broken alarm clocks, landscape detail, people or reflections, beauty was my motivation.Of course it was my

idea of beauty, if it matched the Norman Rockwell, playboy or

the calender company’s idea of beauty that was a coincidence.

That arrangement of shapes and tones was what pleased me,

if no one else.

 

In the mess of images that is my life’s work, (so far), are experiments, study’s, trials and failures. But it was the path

to beauty I have been traveling.I am a straight photographer.

My process is trying to execute what in the scene turned me on.

A condensation of what it is that caught my eye and made me stop and look. Then the removal of everything that is in the

way of whatI saw. The physical print and its presentation is the focus of this attention.

When I was first interested in photography in my home town of Youngstown Ohio, all the books and photo magazines said to look at original photographs. But there weren't any. Only the dreary pictures in the windows of portrait studios. So now when I have the chance to show my pictures is so that young or beginner photographers can see a way that photographs can be made.

 

Of course my way is not the only way but it is a path that can be followed for visual rewards.My way is straight photography and as clear a statement as I can make. I have started exhibiting in 1972 in New York City and being published around then too.