Bare Truth

Ilan Wittenberg
EXHIBITION  RUNS
   
May
   
12
 -  
May
   
23
Bare Truth is a captivating collection of portraits of New Zealand men who are humble, courageous and vulnerable. Their edgy portraits are presented in monochrome to emphasize their shape and form. The simple background eliminates distractions so the viewer can focus on their body language and facial expression.

INFORMATION

The idea of creating portraits of men who expose their chest evolved gradually. The biggest challenge was finding the first man to agree to pose. After a few rejections and setbacks, I created a portrait of a close friend and became really engaged with the look in his eyes.

It’s been said that photography is the easiest medium of Art to be competent in but it's the hardest medium in which to have a truly personal vision. It's very much like talking: everyone can talk but very few have something to say. In creating this collection I aim to demonstrate a clear style, to tell a story while being imaginative and thought-provoking. My goal is to present work that is strong and distinguished with a clear narrative sense. I wish to inspire people with images that are crisp and sharp, to be creative and artistic, to evoke emotions and to show a personal vision.

The Bare Truth project gained further momentum after selected prints from this body of work won prestigious awards at the Portrait Classic category of the 2015 Iris Awards form the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography which then honoured me with the title Auckland Photographer of the Year.

ARTIST BIO: Ilan’s journey as a photographer began relatively recently in 2011 but he was quickly recognized as one to watch, winning a plethora of national and international awards.

During 2015 Wittenberg had the opportunity to pursue one of his true passions: documenting people in the Old City of Jerusalem. His journey took him through twisted and narrow streets where merchants are proud to market their goods. Ilan’s unique eye and his ability to create quick rapport with his subjects enabled him to produce a compelling portfolio of monochrome photographs, capturing their character and the special atmosphere using ambient light only. The proud portraits reflect the rich culture and turbulent history of Jerusalem. Faces of Jerusalem was chosen to be exhibited at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in early 2016.

Ilan became a Fellow of the Photographic Society of New Zealand and went on to become a Finalist of both the Documentary category and the Portrait Classic category in the 2015 Iris Awards by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography which awarded Wittenberg the prestigious honour: 2015 Auckland Photographer of the Year.

Ilan’s latest project Bare Truth is a captivating collection of portraits of New Zealand men who are humble, courageous and vulnerable. The edgy portraits are presented in monochrome to emphasize their shape and form, using simple background to eliminate distractions so the viewer can focus on their body language and facial expression. The Bare Truth portfolio was chosen to be exhibited at the Signature Programme of the 2016 Auckland Festival of Photography.

The idea of creating portraits of men who expose their chest evolved gradually. The biggest challenge was finding the first man to agree to pose. After a few rejections and setbacks, I created a portrait of a close friend and became really engaged with the look in his eyes.

It’s been said that photography is the easiest medium of Art to be competent in but it's the hardest medium in which to have a truly personal vision. It's very much like talking: everyone can talk but very few have something to say. In creating this collection I aim to demonstrate a clear style, to tell a story while being imaginative and thought-provoking. My goal is to present work that is strong and distinguished with a clear narrative sense. I wish to inspire people with images that are crisp and sharp, to be creative and artistic, to evoke emotions and to show a personal vision.

The Bare Truth project gained further momentum after selected prints from this body of work won prestigious awards at the Portrait Classic category of the 2015 Iris Awards form the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography which then honoured me with the title Auckland Photographer of the Year.

ARTIST BIO: Ilan’s journey as a photographer began relatively recently in 2011 but he was quickly recognized as one to watch, winning a plethora of national and international awards.

During 2015 Wittenberg had the opportunity to pursue one of his true passions: documenting people in the Old City of Jerusalem. His journey took him through twisted and narrow streets where merchants are proud to market their goods. Ilan’s unique eye and his ability to create quick rapport with his subjects enabled him to produce a compelling portfolio of monochrome photographs, capturing their character and the special atmosphere using ambient light only. The proud portraits reflect the rich culture and turbulent history of Jerusalem. Faces of Jerusalem was chosen to be exhibited at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in early 2016.

Ilan became a Fellow of the Photographic Society of New Zealand and went on to become a Finalist of both the Documentary category and the Portrait Classic category in the 2015 Iris Awards by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography which awarded Wittenberg the prestigious honour: 2015 Auckland Photographer of the Year.

Ilan’s latest project Bare Truth is a captivating collection of portraits of New Zealand men who are humble, courageous and vulnerable. The edgy portraits are presented in monochrome to emphasize their shape and form, using simple background to eliminate distractions so the viewer can focus on their body language and facial expression. The Bare Truth portfolio was chosen to be exhibited at the Signature Programme of the 2016 Auckland Festival of Photography.

FEATURED  WORKS

Atitude, © Ilan Wittenberg 2016, Limited Edition of seven on Epson Ultra-Premium Photo Paper Luster, 12x18 inch, $700
Pukana, © Ilan Wittenberg 2016, Limited Edition of seven on Epson Ultra-Premium Photo Paper Luster, 12x18 inch, $700
Standing Proud, © Ilan Wittenberg 2016, Limited Edition of seven on Epson Ultra-Premium Photo Paper Luster, 12x18 inch, $700

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