Photography by David J Luftig
When Photoshop and digital photography were invented he went from being a photographer to an image-maker. He now has a sub-specialty in restoring family photographs – which he loves to do. David had one previous show at the Carlyle Hotel featuring The Gates in very large 180-degree panoramas – up to 12 feet long and 24 inches high – two of which are slated to be in this show. David’s angle on photography, “I love capturing how light illuminates the world, whimsical subjects and the occasional satire”.
Photo by Lois Alexander, 2012 Paris
David has been serious about photography and light since 1977 when he borrowed his father’s Nikon F for a college class at University of Pennsylvania. After all kinds of useful study including theatrical lighting design, neon design, industrial design and a stint in Hollywood he called a professional photographer friend and asked how to be an assistant. Calling on a Friday, the photographer said, “I need somebody, you can start Monday.” After 6 months of learning a lot & getting fired on a bad day he realized he needed a lot more background and went back to school, “The Germain School of Photography” in the mid 1980’s. He has been shooting professionally ever since, from weddings, world leaders (3 so far) to dogs, cats and even a Rolls-Royce catalogue for the dealer in Greenwich Ct.
Pictures as of: Thursday March 14, 2013
16x20 – Boxer with Sunflower, Columbus Street Fair, NYC 2013
11x14 – Back Lit Sunflower, Southern France 2013
11x14 – Stain Glass Dome – close-up, Flushing Free Synagogue, NYC– part of commercial work documenting all stained glass at the building 2000, from ektachrome slide
11x14 – Autumn Leaf, actual leaf found on the Street, NYC High Resolution Scan
Original (limited edition - 24x24 in private collection) 2004
11x14 – Riverside Park Historic Train Structure Silhouette summer 2012, NYC
11x14 – Jade Pig in Morning Light, 2010 (celebrating year of the pig)- close up of one-inch key chain.
35x12 – 48 inch frame – Gates & Teddy Roosevelt, - combined panorama 4 photos. Visual Pun/Satire, Original limited edition private collection, 2005
11x14 — Sunburst @ Barnes Foundation Arboretum, Merion PA 2010
16x20 — Monhegan Island – flower, salt & pepper in morning sun 2009
16x 20 — Monhegan Island – sunset on bay with lobster equipment 2009
11x17 — “Barkley” pug portrait 2012 (part of dogs of NY series)
Group of 7 – Monhegan Island – 2009:
(1) 8x12: painter & sea,
(4) 4x6: “painted”chicken, rooster portrait, sunset & roof silhouette with gull, pine tree silhouette sunset & Carol’s hello wave,
(2) 5x7: “Please don’t bother the chickens”, Sunset reflected in bay