About the Artist
When someone looks at one of my photographs, I hope the image evokes some emotion. I want it to provide some sense of personal history -- an impression of the land being worked, a sense of fullness of time ...
-- Larry Kanfer
T he artist's eye sweeps the terrain, effortlessly gauging every shadow, curve, and nuance of color. Composing these elements into a harmonious slice of life, he positions his tripod and camera to capture and eventually share this vision. There is fanfare only in the electronic "whirring" of the camera's shutter and the hurrahs of cricket chirps. Fine art landscape photographer Larry Kanfer completes his shoot, loads up the equipment, and heads back to his darkroom, eager to examine these new treasures.
Kanfer's choice of subject material reflects a thoughtful exploration of the land's peaceful adaptation to and coexistence with mankind. Much of Kanfer's work implies the presence of people, while avoiding any distraction from the cultivated grandeur of his landscapes. He is an artist who believes that "any landscape, but especially Prairiescapes, » are best observed over a period of time and through seasonal changes".
Kanfer's artistic tendancies were evident from childhood. He had the support of a caring family and the benefit of formal and informal training in various art disciplines. In 1979 he earned his degree in architecture. Kanfer acknowledges "...that no doubt my concepts of light and shadow, form and composition were greatly influenced by my studies in architecture. But I was paying for the architecture classes with my photography. I had been developing my own images since I was 10 years old. I always loved the special challenges inherent in photography, I just wasn't sure I could make a living at it."
Immediately after graduating in architecture, Kanfer made a bold move and opened his first photographic gallery. Kanfer is glad that he is able to follow his life's passion. Rather than emphasizing the role of his unique talent in his success, Kanfer cautions that following your dream means hard work, persistence, setting priorities, and being willing to make certain sacrifices to "make it happen."
Works by Larry Kanfer are shown in galleries and museums all across the United States, and are included in private and corporate art collections in companies such as Westinghouse, Paramount Pictures, and Kelloggs, among many others. Although Kanfer is primarily known as the pre-eminent photographer of the Prairiescapes, his portfolios also contain major collections of the entire American landscape, notably the Pacific Northwest, Long Island (NY) and much of southern Europe. Larry Kanfer has published 5 critically-acclaimed books (to date) and award- winning art calendars for the past 12 years.
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