Stu Levy's photographs often involve vanishing wilderness
areas. He gained an appreciation for the threatened landscape by studying Eliot
Porter's photographs, and learned about the art of fine printing from Ansel
Adams. But looking at the photographs of Minor White he learned about the
emotions and mysteries a photograph was capable of expressing.
Known as one of the finest printers of black and white photographs in the
region, he enthusiastically took on the challenging task of printing Minor
White's negatives of the Dolph and Lindley houses, trying to capture the full
mood of fleeting mystery shown in the soon-to be-demolished remnants of
Portland's grand architectural heritage
Amongst the many
exhibitions of his photographs, he has had shows at the Governor's Office in
Salem, the Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, the Maryhill Museum, the University of
Oregon Museum of Art and the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite. His photographs
are in many public and private collections including the Art Museums of Portland
and Seatlle, the Portland Visual Chronical, the Center for Creative Photography
in Tucson and the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego.
teaching includes workshops for the Ansel Adams Gallery, the Photographic Arts
Workshops, the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts and the Coupeville Arts
Recently I have started making "grid-portraits" of artists and craftsmen.
Using several images contact printed together, a space and time scan is made of
the subjects in their environments.
In addition, references are made to the making of the photograph and to my
own interaction with the subjects as I explore the processof perception and
In 1995 I printed 82 vintage Minor White negatives of two
victorian houses for the permanent collection of the Portland Art Museum and for
publication in the book "Heritage Lost", published by the Oregon Historical
Society and the Portland Art Museum."~ Stu Levy