San Francisco

Steve Fitch

Lowinsky & Arai

The past few years have seen increased numbers of photographers working in the night landscape, using extended time exposure with combinations of strobe and ambient light. Darkness offers the possibility for greater control through the manipulation of light and provides an intense color saturation that can be employed for romantic or surreal effect.

Steve Fitch has been photographing nocturnal imagery since the early ’70s, initially concentrating on roadside signs in his black-and-white images for Diesels and Dinosaurs. Now, in his Western landscape pictures, Fitch uses color. He transposes ordinary subject matter—neon signs, marquees, and landscape vistas—into intense, vibrating compositions. Through subtle manipulations, such as slight camera movement during lengthy exposure, the photographer can alter familiar sights. The obvious result of these manipulations is a separation of color

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