DEP Studio SF

 David Pruden 


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I grew up in New York in a small town outside of Albany. I had been fascinated with cameras and photography from an early age and my father taught me how to develop film and print photographs when I was 12. Although I started college as a biology major I soon transferred to the art school and earned a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA from Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester New York. My initial graduate work specialized in 19th century processes such as cyanotype, Van Dyke brown, gum dichromate, casein prints, and photogravure. However, my thesis focused on art and activism. My work is in the collections of several museums, libraries and archives throughout the US. I have exhibited locally, nationally and internationally since the mid 1980’s and self-published a book “Intimate Landscapes” in 2013. After completing the series "Conversations with the Past", I started working on large format and large scale cyanotype portraits that range in size from 32"x40" to 64"x80".

Avoca c. 1977
Avoca, NY, c. 1977
1977 - 1984 Early Work
                  Kodak Brownie Hawkeye, Exakta, Praktica, Nikon EM
1985 - 1991 Academic Work
                  Nikon EM, Mamyia C330, Calument 4x5 Studio View
1992 - 1997 Abandon Buildings
                  Nikon FM, Leica IIIa, 20x24 Folding (self built)
1998 - 2003 101 Self Portraits
                  Kiev 88, Porta-Vu II, E. H. T. Anthony Ansco 8x10
2008 - 2011 Debris; Periodic Table of Debris
                  Digital Cell Phone
2012 - 2014 Intimate Landscapes
                  Canon 20D
2017 - 2019 Conversations with the Past
                  Sony NEX-7, Sony A7R II, Kodak 5x7, Wisner Expedition 8x10
2018 - current New Work
                  Fire Studio 16x20 View Camera