"Diary of an Aesthetic Junkie: Surviving the Digital Revolution" by Huntington Witherill

Date: 
Tue, 04/23/2013 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

With more than forty-two years experience as a fine art photographer, Huntington Witherill's career has spanned a rather unique and important time in the history of the photographic medium. Over the past two decades, ongoing developments in digital photographic technologies have fundamentally altered the way in which photographs are made and considered. And these changes have brought forth entirely new and different ways of visualizing, creating, and presenting photographic art.

As one of the early pioneers in digital photography, Huntington will talk about the ongoing evolution of his working process in terms of the way in which his creative approach and aesthetic sensibilities have evolved over time. Additionally, he will present a thirty-minute video entitled, "Photo Synthesis: Evolution of a Working Process", produced in conjunction with a series of photographs by the same title. The video features an in-depth exploration into the motivations behind, and overall development of, Witherill's career, leading to a seminal series of color botanical images made between 2002 and 2010.


Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1949, and having been initially trained as a concert pianist, Huntington Witherill began a career in fine art photography in 1970. During the mid-1970's he studied photography under such notables as Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Steve Crouch, and Al Weber.


Over the past 40 years, Witherill's photographs have been included in more than one hundred individual and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the world, and his photographs are maintained in numerous public art collections. Since 1975, he has taught photography for a variety of institutions and workshop programs around the country, and his work has been the subject of three hardcover monographs, "Orchestrating Icons" (2000), "Botanical Dances" (2001), and "Photo Synthesis" (2010).


In 1999, Witherill was the recipient of the "Artist of the Year" award presented by the Center for Photographic Art, in Carmel, CA.