Event: The Myth of Style with Lewis Katz

The Myth of Style with Lewis Katz

Perspective and Perception: The Myth of Style with Lewis Katz

All photographs are self portraits. – Minor White

This presentation delves into the subject of how we as photographers perceive the composition in our viewfinder and how by altering our perspective, even slightly, the image will become more emotional, dramatic and powerful, both to the viewer as well as the photographer. Minor White was once quoted as saying “Every image is a self portrait.” I believe that to be true especially in cases of the photographer having a strong emotional connection to the subject. However this shift in perspective is quite different from developing your own personal “style” of photography. In this presentation I will discuss and demonstrate the myth of style and how searching for it is actually hindering your own creative process.


About Lewis

“Photography has been part of me from a young age.  An early memory of my Dad is him looking down through the viewfinder of his twin lens reflex camera.  He soon graduated to a Konica rangefinder that was constantly by his side. I vividly remember the slide shows of family vacations as well as more private moments shared by my parents.  My first camera was the Olympus Pen F half frame beauty and I soon moved through the full line of Olympus OM models.  Fast forward to the digital cameras and images of today. I still shoot Olympus but have added a Nikon to the bag.”

“Emotive displays were not commonplace in my home growing up.  The camera and the image became an outlet for suppressed feelings as well as for artistic expression.  Many years after college I lived in Southern York county Pennsylvania, immersed in its rural beauty.  Although I had been out west as a teenager it was here that I truly discovered landscape photography.  Through my career in the travel industry many other trips followed including visiting most of the major National Parks.”

“After moving to Baltimore in 2001, I discovered and joined the Baltimore Camera Club.  I was quickly in awe and humbled by the talent and more importantly I found the companionship of fellow members which is so important to me to this day.  The Baltimore Camera Club remains an integral part of my photography life.  I have been honored and have received many awards from the competitions at the club.”

“Teaching photography is another essential component of my photography life as I love sharing my passion.  I currently teach for the Johns Hopkins Odyssey program, the Capital Photography Center of DC and for private students as well.  I live for those aha moments that only teaching can provide.”

“My favorite Ansel Adams quote is ‘a great photograph is one that truly expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.'”

“In the same way that your camera captures the light being reflected my photography reflects who I am and all of the experiences of my life.”

A still photograph is the illusion of a literal description, of how a camera saw a piece of time and space….  I like to think of photographing as a two way act of respect.  Respect for the medium, by letting it do what it does best, describe.  And respect for the subject, by describing it as it is.  A photograph must be responsible to both. – Garry Winogrand 1974

To learn more about Lewis’s work and see additional images check out his web site at https://www.lewiskatzphotography.com/