Lawrence Russ

Was the Sloan Scholar for the Humanities at the University of Michigan, received MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he was voted an honorary Fellow by the Program faculty. As a photographer, has received various Prizes, Honorable Mentions, or Prize Nominations in global competitions, including the international Fine Art Photography Awards (2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019); International Photography Awards (2023, 2022, 2015); International COLOR Awards (2023, 2022, 2021); reFocus Color Photography Awards (2023) and reFocus World Photo Annual Awards (2023); and Analog Sparks International Film Photography Awards (2023). Work selected for numerous juried exhibitions (multiple times for each venue) of the Center for Photographic Art (Carmel, CA), the Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), the New Britain Museum of American Art (CT), PhotoPlace Gallery (Middlebury, VT), Praxis Gallery (Minneapolis, MN), Black Box Gallery (Portland, OR), The Atlanta Photography Group Gallery (Atlanta, GA), A Smith Gallery (TX), and other centers, museums, and galleries. Photographs published in F-Stop Magazine, The Photo Review (Annual International Competition issue); COLOR Magazine (Merit Award), Shadow & Light Magazine, and other publications.

Artist’s Statement

As Antonia Porchia wrote: “When the stone is merely a stone, and the clouds are only clouds, I am unconscious.” What I watch for is a certain quality in moments, objects, people or scenes. Lao Tzu referred to “the small, dark light.” But I’m wary of talking too much about this, because its home is in mystery and silence.

I aim to make photographs as though they were taken inside the soul as much as on the street or in the woods, like E.T.A. Hoffman’s tales, in which things prove to be other and more than they may have seemed at first. As a photographer, I’ve been greatly influenced by my earlier years of study, writing, and publication as a poet, as well as by my love for works in other arts. Like Ernst Haas, what I value most in photography is “the poetic element.”
I hope that these photographs manifest the fact that we don’t live among distinct, multiple worlds – a physical world, dream world, political world, spiritual world – but in one, which contains what these words try to name, and still other, inseparable dimensions. In much of my work, I want the photo’s elements to join in making the viewer feel that beyond the room of the seen, there’s a sky expanding beyond the frame, or a further presence, its tail just vanishing beneath the door.