A 10-print folio
of studio abstracts
Carl Chiarenza is one of photography’s best known educators — but equally well-known to LensWork readers as the maker of breathtaking abstracts. Chiarenza’s work appeared in LensWork #29 in 2000 and again in LensWork #79 in 2008. This folio of ten images includes work from each of those issues.
Chiarenza’s work deftly uses the most important of all photographic tools — the creative imagination. His abstracts are mostly from constructions he makes specifically for the purpose of photographing them. A master of design and light, his images have the power to connect on a deeply emotional level with those who love abstracts.
“When I go to the studio, I have no idea what I’m going to do. I just start fooling around with this stuff and something begins to come together. By the time I get through, something happens — something takes over and forces you to do certain things, and you have no idea why you’re doing them. Sometimes it works and you can make a good photograph. ”
- Carl Chiarenza