Folberg, who is well known for his color photography focused on the Middle East and Jerusalem—where he has lived since 1976—returned to black-and-white photography in the late 1990s, influenced by his former mentor and colleague
. The dense curtains of stars and dramatically lit deserts that define “Celestial Nights,” taken between 1997 and 2001, were captured through the use of multiple exposures, allowing for a heightened response to the available light.
In Folberg’s richly contrasting images, deep blacks are accented by flecks of white light that highlight earthly and celestial details alike—from ancient ruins to windswept trees to faraway galaxies. Compositionally, the rocky landscapes are set low in the foreground against a sweeping backdrops of sparkling skies, represented with a nearly scientific level of detail.