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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Visioneer's Gallery: Richard Corman & Icons

Creating timeless prints for the new millennium

Madonna and Muhammad Ali are among the iconic figures Richard Corman has captured in photographs.

Richard Corman is a rare breed of photographer whose work varies widely in style and subject matter, yet it's always intensely focused on the human spirit. As a portrait photographer, Corman has worked with an iconic breadth of subjects, from Nobel Peace Prize recipients Nelson Mandela and James Dewey Watson to esteemed actors such as Robert De Niro, Paul Newman and Al Pacino. He also has worked with elite athletes who inspire greatness, like Muhammad Ali, as well as with writers and artists who have left an indelible mark, including Kurt Vonnegut, Basquiat and Noguchi.

A protégé of Richard Avedon, Corman has been capturing poignant moments of human triumph for over three decades, shooting with a Rolleiflex camera when he began to now creating portraits with state-of-the-art digital cameras. Humbling experiences with sociocultural projects and nonprofit organizations are reflected in Corman's photographs. Most notable is his heartfelt work with the Special Olympics, as he has been traveling the world and photographing these inspiring athletes for more than 20 years.

Corman has been at the forefront of pop culture for almost his entire career. In 1983, he captured a series of striking images with up-and-coming starlet Madonna as she was on the verge of releasing her debut album. The radical East Village of Manhattan was the backdrop to showcase Madonna's iconic fashion style, spontaneity and pioneering attitude. Rolling Stone refers to Corman's versatile body of work as "iconic." And filmmaker Ken Burns refers to Corman's work as "recording big moments and small, among the famous and ordinary and challenging larger truths relevant to all of us."
I'm always looking at new technologies, and when I came to Duggal, I was looking for a printer that would reproduce texture, contrast and three-dimensional quality as I feel and see it,
says Corman.
One of Corman's most memorable moments was in 2001, when he was in Cape Town, South Africa, as the official photographer for the Special Olympics. While there, he was asked to photograph a visit to Robben Island by Nelson Mandela and senior members of the Special Olympics. This was one of the first times President Mandela had returned to Robben Island after 18 years of imprisonment there. Corman took a distinguished photograph of President Mandela visiting his old cell. Corman has remained inspired by President Mandela's greatness and humility, and recently arranged for his collaborative partner Alec Monopoly to create a unique painting using the original photograph, which will be donated to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Corman once again finds himself at the forefront of a new wave, this time with technology. He's one of the first photographers in the world to print on the new HD C-Prints™ exclusively at Duggal. The new printer, located in Duggal's headquarters in New York City, features an unprecedented 6,100 apparent dpi, which is twice the resolution of other photographic prints, and far beyond all inkjet technologies that exist today.


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