Richard Levitt, photographer and digital artist

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Richard LeVitt is a photographer and digital artist living and working in Ashland, Oregon. Richard admires great photographers, and has been fortunate to study with some of the best. His teachers include Ansel Adams, Ralph Gibson, Barbara Morgan, Wright Morris, Olivia Parker, John Sexton, and Jerry Uelsmann. His earliest images were of rural landscapes, and dealt with the unintentional alterations made by time, neglect, and weather. Eventually he became interested in altering the photographs themselves, first by using Jerry Uelsmann’s darkroom techniques, and later by recombining print elements and painting them with watercolors or photo oils. These alterations progressed to the scenes before the camera, where—influenced by Olivia Parker—he composes still-life combinations of found objects. This progression led him inevitably to the computer, and the infinite possibilities of digital media. Beginning with photographs taken by himself and by others, Richard adds colors and transforms compositions to make surprising new works. He says, “Using computer tools gives me incredible freedom. I can experiment with ideas and learn from my mistakes much faster than I ever could in the darkroom. And I can change what the eye sees—new kinds of expression are […]