- April 7, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
George Vago will be presenting a two-hour long venture into the art of recognizing and making use of compositional elements. Being a traditional, fine art, black and white photographer who produces his work via film-based large format cameras and processes in a wet, chemical-based darkroom, George will share his expertise in composition which is sure to be stimulating and educational for any level of image maker who wants to improve his or her photography through a greater understanding of these fundamental elements at the image-creating stage. At the time of his photographic beginning, George’s turbulent life in Hungary had a profound impact on his personal style—a style which evolved into bold and intense imagery. In contrast to a world full of color, he discovered that a black and white image is more enduring because it magically commands the observer’s attention in a way that a colored image does not. Black and white adds drama and power and invites the viewer to enter the image.
Such a dramatic approach to photographic art evolved into his current printing style, characterized by strong contrast with fewer mid-tones. This style has given him the most satisfaction as an artist and has become part of his identity as a photographer. Over the years, his printing and composition styles achieved substantial recognition, including two awards of excellence from the Photographer’s Forum Magazine. Nowadays, George’s work hangs in many private collections, both in the United States and abroad, and he has successfully exhibited in an extensive list of shows and galleries. He currently resides in Denver, CO, and continues to create and share his artwork.
As a young boy growing up in Hungary, George’s decades-long photographic journey began while working in his father’s darkroom. He became a master printer, even before he learned to use a camera. A brilliant fine art photographer, George primarily works in the field of black and white landscape photography, using traditional silver gelatin and wet darkroom-printing practices that he learned in his childhood.