Steve Krasner

looking backward, forward, and all around,   August 21, 2015

looking backward, forward, and all around, August 21, 2015


Born in 1949, I grew up in New Jersey.  I began taking pictures in my childhood.  Arriving to study physics at MIT in 1967, I began studying photography with Minor White and learning to look and see more.  Not according to my original plan, I graduated with a BS in Art and Design and continued what would become a 50-year path of social activism, organizing, and work in the hospital, construction, and high-tech worlds of Boston.  All that informed my growing sense of photography’s potential but also limited my time for actually making photographs.  Over the last few years, I have returned to my old passion for photography and evolved into doing photography full-time.

Why I Make Photographs         

I take and make photographs because I enjoy and grow and learn with the focused experience.  In my photographs I am drawn to pieces of the world that we often miss for lack of attention; consider the beauty, the surprises, and everything that just doesn’t register when we walk along consumed by yesterday’s work disaster, what to make for dinner, or anything but the here and now.  I aim to create images that make us reflect on ourselves and encourage paying attention.  Sometimes, that just means something grand and beautiful.  Often, I create unrecognizable abstracts that require focused attention to find the feelings, the challenges, the special experience it can bring. 

I find that contemplating the stillness captured in a photograph offers both huge advantages and limitations as compared to paying attention as we go through our days in the everyday world.  A photograph just sits there waiting for us.  I go for that advantage, the insights and the feelings that can come with undistracted attention and no external time limit.  But I’ll never give up the dynamism and engagement of waking to the world every day.  A portrait cannot be the person who stood in front of the camera; a close-up of seaweed is never the plant in the water.  A photo offers a different way to absorb and explore reality and make it easier to see more, but as menus sometimes say, no substitutions allowed.

Recent Exhibitions

Jersey City Art and Studio Tour, at Grace Van Vorst Church/Pro Arts Jersey City;
                     at Downtown Yogurt; and at The Studio on Bay Street
Watchung Center for the Arts, ProArts Group Project                                                     2018
Hob’arts/ProArts Jersey City,
Dialogue Show                                                                                    2018
Cambridge Art Association, Captured Moments                                                                            2018
Rotunda Gallery, Degrees of Abstraction, Jersey City                                                                                         2018
Rotunda Gallery, Small Series, Jersey City                                                                                                                2018
Drawing Rooms, Somewhere Over the Interconnected Rainbow & Prospero’s Grand St Masque, Jersey City  2018
Art House, 14-Story Group Show, Jersey City                                                                                                            2018
Drawing Rooms, Big Small Show, Jersey City                                                                                                            2017
Jersey City Art and Studio Tour, at Grace Van Vorst Church                                                                                    2017
Drawing Rooms, Big Small Show, Jersey City                                                                                                            2016
Jersey City Art and Studio Tour, at Canco Lofts                                                                                                         2016

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