ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHER - MARTIN OSNER
Multi award winning fine art photographer specialising in limited edition photographic prints.
Canon explorer and teacher of photography.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa (1963), Martin Osner opened his first photographic studio in Johannesburg (1985) where he established a solid reputation as a professional photographer and artist. In 1993 he co-founded the National College of Photography, which today has become the premier photographic training institution in Southern Africa. Osner eschews photography, favouring a more expressive vision that accords with his visual understanding and spiritual appreciation of the world. A multi-award winning artist, including voted the best contemporary international artist 2008 / 2009 by Arteque art volume 3 (Masters of Today) his photography is characterized by an urge to explore with the willingness to experiment. Concentrating intently on elemental form, pattern and shape, paired with a necessary sense of restraint, he bears out his belief that simplicity is the cornerstone of successful imaging. Today Osner specializes in a contemporary portfolio of fine art photography, offering limited edition Gicleé and traditional black & white vintage prints, into a collectors’ market. His collection consists of ghostly abstract renditions, moody landscapes and social documentary imaging sold through his own signature gallery in Green Point, Cape Town.
On a winter’s day in 1984 “photography” and I met quite by accident, an encounter that redirected my life and changed it forever. Over the past twenty eight years, while walking a path of self discovery, my methodology has taken numerous detours. A journey that has refined a relaxed subconscious attitude, with a desire to express simplicity and honesty through my work. For me, a photograph holds an undeniable sense of realism, a modern correlation that is easy to associate with. I see, I understand, I experience, I connect. In my photography I allow day to day life to provide inspiration and treat all subjects as a potential composition. I enjoy the conceptual transformation from reality to realism that a lens and camera offers. Although I have never been a dedicated painter I see and experience the world in this way. Life is my canvas and I often feel like a painter trapped in a photographer’s body where lens and light have become an expressive substitute for paint and brushes. I often create themes and grouping of images within my portfolio and on a given day find myself working on a variety of projects at once, often taking years to complete. One of my great joys is using photography as a base to create mixed media pieces. I have adopted an intuitive approach resisting restriction to specific substrates, mediums or technique. Emotion and experimentation drives my creative process and I allow the final art- work to evolve over time rather than containing its finality. In my work I intently concentrate on elemental form, rhythm and pattern allowing simplicity to engage visual impact. I contribute my influence to a number of artists and photographers. My social commentary and documentary work has been inspired by the great artist and master photographer Henri Cartier Bresson and my landscapes are underpinned by the teachings of Ansel Adams. On the other hand, many of my still-life and abstract studies have been described as painterly expressionistic, drawing influences through the works ofHenri Matisse and of late Jackson Pollock. In my spiritual walk I experience hours of peace and contentment when behind the lens of my camera. I believe that my steps have been guided along an inventive path by an awesome creator. I have never doubted my love for photography or my burning passion for art. It is something I could never stop. It’s what I do, it‘s what I love, it’s who I am.
THOMPSON GALLERY – July 2009 Johannesburg , South Africa “ A child’s gaze” I Featuring: Endurance / Children from Geluk / Seaside Fantasy / Christmas spirit
GORDART GALLERY – July 2009 Johannesburg , South Africa I Featuring: The fingerprint collection
CREATIVE BOOST GALLERY – May 2009 I Montreal , Canada I Featuring: Abandoned series
GALLERY GORA – December 2008 I Montreal , Canada I Featuring: Abandoned series
STEPHANIE HOPPEN GALLERY – September 2008 I London , England I Featuring: Abandoned / Urban reflection / Faceless society
CTAS – September 2008 Cape Town , South Africa I Featuring: On the move / Extremity / Abandoned
KYK ART SPACE – June 2008 Pretoria , South Africa I Featuring: Abandoned / Urban reflection
ART ON KAROO – June 2008 Pretoria , South Africa I Featuring: Abandoned / Urban reflection/ Unrestricted / Road to freedom / Road to
freedom / City life
GORDART GALLERY – May 2008 Johannesburg , South Africa I Featuring: Abandoned / Urban reflection/ Unrestricted / Road to freedom / Road to freedom / City life
MARTIN OSNER FINE ART GALLERY Permanent exhibition - Cape Quarter Piazza - 72 Waterkant Street, Cape Town, South Africa