Richard Kagan Black and White Photograph - Blowtorch
See this artwork in context
View In Room
1 of 2 images

Richard Kagan
Blowtorch

2005

About

Richard Kagan, born in Philadelphia, followed a circuitous path to become a photographer. Beginning with street photography using a meterless Asahi Pentax as a student at Temple University, to leaving college to practice Zen Buddhism in New York City. Becoming so inspired by the silent eloquence of handmade objects, he pawned the camera to buy woodworking tools and after several years of apprenticeships, he opened his own workshop, creating one-of-a-kind and limited production furniture. A chronic back condition put a premature end to his woodworking career and led the return to photography, thus bringing him back to where he began. Tools have been essential to our growth and evolution as a species. No one would question their vital need for any task at hand, but Kagan’s portfolio "Iron Portraits" forces us to us pay attention to these strange and beautiful objects that often no longer have a use in our daily lives. “I am less interested in the tools as tools… I respond to their incredible sculptural qualities — their surface, tone, balance, line, and geometry” says Kagan. This series of 24 works, created from a traditional 4×5 film camera and complex lighting, create a compelling body of work that illustrates a great sense of wonder, humor and whimsy. It allows the viewer to look a bit deeper than the surface to discover “the secret lives of tools.” Gallery 270 represents distinguished photographers of the 20th Century and the emergent photographers of the 21st Century from around the world. We place particular emphasis on modern emerging photographers employing traditional processes such as platinum/palladium, cyanotype, and gum bichromate, where the hand of the artist is much more intimately engaged.

Details

  • Creation year
    2005
  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 20 in. x W 16 in.

    H 50.8 cm x W 40.64 cm

  • Gallery location
    Westwood, NJ
  • Reference number
    LU486227512
  • More editions & sizes
    20 x 24 Edition of 10 Price: $2,700
    36 x 46 Edition of 10 Price: $4,500

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2014
Typical response time: 42 hrs
Located in Westwood, NJ
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Recumbent Shears
Richard Kagan
Richard Kagan, born in Philadelphia, followed a circuitous path to become a photographer. Beginning with street photography using a meterless Asahi Pentax as a student at Temple Univ...
Exhaust Muffler 1
Richard Kagan
Silver Gelatin
Richard Kagan, born in Philadelphia, followed a circuitous path to become a photographer. Beginning with street photography using a meterless Asahi Pentax as a student at Temple Univ...
Oilcan With Long Neck
Richard Kagan
Richard Kagan, born in Philadelphia, followed a circuitous path to become a photographer. Beginning with street photography using a meterless Asahi Pentax as a student at Temple Univ...
Exhaust Muffler 3
Richard Kagan
Richard Kagan, born in Philadelphia, followed a circuitous path to become a photographer. Beginning with street photography using a meterless Asahi Pentax as a student at Temple Univ...
You May Also Like
Frank Applegate, Santa Fe
Ansel Adams
Silver Gelatin
A rare and iconic image of Santa Fe artist and preservationist, Frank Applegate, holding a cigarette and his sketchbook. Photographed while Applegate and Adams were collaborating on...
Black Pot
Myron Wood
Original photograph, Housed in a custom frame, outer dimensions measure 17 ¾ x 14 ¼ x ¾ inches. Image size is 9 ½ x 6 ¼ inches. Expedited and International Shipping is available; ...
Untitled (Taos Pueblo)
Myron Wood
Photographic Paper
Housed in a custom frame, outer dimensions measure 13 ¼ x 16 ½ x ½ inches. Image size is 6 ¼ x 9 ½ inches. A native of Oklahoma, Wood relocated to Colorado in 1947 where he worked ...
Water Study 1
Eric Zener
Resin, Photographic Film
Gallery Henoch artist Zener’s photorealistic paintings and resins are focused on four motifs: landscapes, figures in bed or on tightropes, and bodies in water. Zener manipulates ligh...
Dee Dee Ramone on the Balcony 1993 #9
Keith Green
Silver Gelatin
Dee Dee Ramone on the Balcony 1993 by Keith Green Chelsea Hotel Silver Gelatin Print Rock n Roll Photography #9 of 50 and 4 proofs The image is the cover of the book 'Inside the Dr...
Brothers
Gerard Giliberti
Archival Pigment
From the Hand Series Hand Holding a vintage photograph of two brothers Edition 1/5 Printed to OrderGerry Giliberti is a print-based photographic artist who uses graphics, photography...
Come on Up to the House
Kristina Gale
C Print
Limited Edition of 20
Baseball
Gerard Giliberti
Archival Pigment
From the Hand Series Hand Holding Baseball Items Edition 1/5 Printed to Order Gerry Giliberti is a print-based photographic artist who uses graphics, photography, sculpture and digi...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries