Zena Cornfield #1, 2009, pigmented inkjet print, 22½x37 ½”
For many years, I have photographed architecturally defined spaces and the elements which inhabit them. By photographing natural landscapes in winter, free of the veil of greenery, these images reveal the infrastructure of these basic, supporting systems as raw and exposed.
Though the photographs are of quiet, seemingly unremarkable landscapes, their inspiration is derived from the notion that all things, however grand or plain, are equivalent. Within them may be distilled great complexity and emotion.
It is this combination of essential components, internal structure and depth of feeling, which drives my image making.
Richard Edelman (Woodstock, NY) received his MFA at Pratt Institute in 1980. He has taught photography at William Paterson University (NJ), been a member of the faculty at the New School, and taught photography at the School of Visual Arts and International Center for Photography, all in NYC. Currently, he teaches workshops at the Center for Photography at Woodstock.
His photographs are included in the public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal), Brooklyn Museum (NY), Polaroid International Collection (Offenbach), Bibliothèque Nationale (Paris) and Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, NY). Additionally Edelman has works in the MoMA artist book collection, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry. He has received fellowships from the NY Creative Artists Public Service Program and on two occasions received CPW’s Photographers’ Fellowship Fund award. He is currently represented by Carrie Haddad Photographs Gallery, Hudson, NY. His most recent solo exhibition was at Donskoj & Co., Kingston, NY. He is the principal of Woodstock Graphics Studio, which specializes in creative production work for artists.