Intimacy and form are the corner stones of my work. Delight in seeing inspires it; abstraction and craftsmanship realize it.

In our culture art is optional, something we indulge in only if we can afford to and then only after our practical needs have been met. Our world is cluttered with affectation. Buildings, clothes, automobiles and even people are distinguished by what they imitate.

In contrast, I work with conditions and subjects that reflect a genuine nature of their own. I photograph them in a way that builds upon essential but often hidden and obscure characteristics. My photographs are true to their subjects though rarely representational.

The union of mystery and vitality in the art of many ancient and tribal cultures is a fundamental influence in my work. Like ceremonial masks that reveal more than they conceal, the photographs are conduits through which otherwise unknown qualities are expressed.


© Ira kahn 2006