Photography West is pleased to present an exhibition of Roman Loranc’ vintage masterworks, as well as a selection of new releases from Europe and California.
Roman Loranc was born in Poland in 1956 and immigrated to the United States in 1982. In 1990, after settling in California’s Great Central Valley, he dedicated himself to photography after his imagination was sparked by the vanishing subjects which surrounded him; the delicate and fragile wetlands shadowing the Pacific Flyway, the primeval contours of the Diablo Range and the sinuous, radiant surfaces of once-mighty rivers.
In the past decade, Loranc began photographing Mt Shasta and venturing further north into the Pacific Northwest, while continuing his visual exploration of the rich dialogue between heaven and earth in this mountainous wilderness area, which reminds him even more of his childhood homeland. Loranc also began returning to Europe in 2000 for extended visits. The images from his reunion with his native land after extended exile are some of his most acclaimed.
Loranc’s rich sepia toning endows his prints with a mysterious atmosphere, while his exquisite silver papers remind us that a contemporary artist is at work. His immaculate, imaginative printing of his large 4" x 5" negatives combined with a rare heightened subject sensitivity, give the resultant photographs a tactile, dreamlike quality that is technically unsurpassed. Today Roman Loranc is carefully carving a unique and important niche in contemporary California landscape photography.