There’s a lot in the works for photographer and VCS faculty member Richard Rothman this month. Currently, several of his photographs are in a group exhibition titled “Contemporary Positions in Black and White Photography” at the Robert Morat Galerie in Hamburg, Germany.
In addition, two magazine articles about Richard’s work are on the horizon. The first is a two-page spread with text by Sean Elder in the Spring 21010 issue of Above Magazine, a new British publication distributed by Condé Nast; it will hit U.S. newsstands in early May.
The second is a much longer (8 page) article by Mark Hillringhouse titled “Crescent City Requiem,” in the next issue of The Photo Review.
Both pieces discuss “Redwood Saw,” a series of photographs that Rothman made during several visits to Crescent City, California over the last four-plus years. Rothman’s black-and-white images contrast Northern California’s giant Redwood trees with the dingy buildings and sullen people of a town that seems oblivious to their grandeur. The contrast between separate images of the town’s desolation and the vibrancy of forest around it is powerful, but some of the most moving images in the series present a direct clash between these two worlds. Shots of moody teenagers surrounded by lush foliage and scenes of wide swaths of land populated with nothing but enormous tree stumps seem almost unbearably sad for everyone and everything involved.