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|The Water and Vapor photographs record the convergence of land, water, and sky found along the cobbled beaches and sharpened points of Lake Superior. It is part of an ongoing interest in photographing the vanishing presence of natural and cultural remnants in the landscape.|
|I am using large format pinhole cameras for this work. The aesthetic they record to film complements my interpretation of the elusive spirit of place. During the long exposure that is necessary and desired, these lens-less cameras reveal, in softened detail, ephemeral events that enchant the landscape and suggest one's fading memories of place.|
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Jeff Korte has been practicing photography since receiving communications and visual arts degrees from St. Cloud State University in 1983. Experimentation with alternative photographic processes is ongoing and includes the construction and use of many types of lens-less (pinhole) cameras.
In 1991, Jeff was selected to participate in the Isle Royale Artist in Residence program and has returned to Lake Superior many times to photograph its sharpened points and cobbled beaches. Jeff’s work has been published in Minnesota Monthly, Pinhole Journal, and featured in the 2005 “Year in Black and White” calendar in the New Yorker magazine.
He is a current recipient of the Blacklock Nature Sanctuary Artist Fellowship and will spend time this fall with his cameras on Lake Superior’s North Shore. He continues to conduct photography workshops and his work can be viewed in many public and private collections.
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Water and Vapor: Images of a Vanishing Presence
City Pages / October 2005
|Jeff Korte's images aren't so much made as found. Using the simplest camera imaginable--no lens or viewfinder, just a wooden box with a tiny hole on one face--the Minnesota-based photographer has captured countless natural wonders, guided only by his own intuition and Ralph Waldo Emerson's observation that "in every landscape, the point of astonishment is the meeting of the sky and the earth." Put another way, the wilderness-loving Korte is doing for Lake Superior what Ansel Adams did for Yosemite, albeit with a softer black-and-white palette. Opening night finds the master providing a free introduction to pinhole photography from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. --Rod Smith|