A Scholar Photographer

September 03, 2014 - Photographers - Post by: WfpaEdit

Louis Montrose was born in London, grew up in New York City, and have lived in southern California for many years.  During a successful academic career in the humanities, he wrote and taught about the history and cultural power of images but now he pursues his calling as a photographer full time.

His  photography is primarily a form of cultural exploration, analysis, and documentation; and much of it is created in the course of traveling through cultures other than his own. He works in a number of photographic genres, including cityscape, environmental portrait, travel and night photography, but whatever the genre, most of his work is focused on the documentation and interpretation of culture.  As someone with a compelling interest in the power of photography to capture the vibrancy and diversity of human cultures, he values color as an essential expressive and communicative medium. At the same time, he remains deeply drawn to the formal power and tonal richness of black and white photography, and to the challenge of creating strong black and white images through digital capture and digital inkjet printing. His work “The Day of the Dead” (http://www.worldfpa.org/?page_id=6828), winning the nomination award of HPA2013 is a best proof.

He also won a documentary award of HPA 2013 for his fabulous documentary work “The Art of the Gurunsi Village” (http://www.worldfpa.org/?page_id=6816). Besides, he was named 2010 Professional Photographer of the Year by the World Photography Gala Awards and 2011 Travel Photographer of the Year by TPOTY in London.


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