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Blue Sky Willow II
Color Photograph; available in several sizes; signed and numbered
690 Miami Circle, NE. #905
Atlanta, GA 30324
"Combining classic ideals with contemporary sensibility, Kathryn Kolb seeks out and celebrates abstract design in nature. Her painterly, highly structured compositions reveal the essence of her subjects without overpowering them…The overall impact of her photographs suggests a kind of infinite, dynamic calm. In these intriguing images, you can discover something new with every viewing."
--Jerry Cullum, Senior Editor, Art Papers
Born in Indiana, Kathryn Kolb grew up in the rural surroundings of Charlottesville, Virginia. In 1983 she received a BA in History from Emory University in Atlanta, concentrating on ancient Europe and the Near East. In 1984-5 she took photography classes at the Southeastern Center for the Arts, in Atlanta. Although Kolb has had no formal training as an artist, visual artists are found in both her parents' families, and her paternal grandfather, Harold H. Kolb, was a noted watercolor painter working in Boston and the New England area.
Kolb’s editorial work is characterized by an artistic style with strong graphic elements. Her photographs have been widely published and have appeared in Smithsonian, Veranda, Rolling Stone, Nature Conservancy, Orion magazine and many others. Special photographic projects Kolb accomplished include: a series of environmental portraits of regional artists for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution; portraits of formerly homeless men and women who regained successful lives through Atlanta’s Samaritan House, and self-published calendars of Atlanta and Athens musicians, including artists REM and Indigo Girls. In 1996, Kolb photographed a medical mission to rural communities in the Dominican Republic. In 1999–2001, Kolb produced calendars for Georgia Forestwatch, featuring unprotected areas in Georgia’s national forests. Her work was included in the Sierra Club’s Clearcut: The Tragedy of Industrial Forestry, and she illustrated several articles for Smithsonian magazine including a feature on kudzu in October 2000. Her Tree Series photographs were featured in the Oct/Nov 2001 Veranda magazine, and The Wilderness Society commissioned Kolb to photograph roadless and wilderness areas of the southeastern Appalachians for the publication, Why Wilderness? What the Last Remaining Wildlands of the Southern Appalachians Mean to the People of the Southeast, published in 2004.
Kolb‘s fine art series include black & white and color photographs of landscapes, trees and other plants from diverse natural environments, often from the Southeastern US. Her most recent work, mostly in color, explores abstract constructions that seem more akin to painting than photography. As photographer, Kolb stays true to the simplest form of her medium — all works are straightforward, un-manipulated images, and she uses no digital cameras or printing techniques. Kolb takes all photographs on film with a Hasselblad medium format camera and prints with traditional enlargers, and includes a “full frame” border on each print. All prints are produced on archivally processed papers.
Kolb‘s fine art photographs can be found in numerous private and institutional collections including those of the Georgia Museum in Athens, GA, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, King & Spalding (Atlanta), Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp LLP (San Francisco), Georgia Conservancy, Emory’s Goizueta Business School, Georgia Tech, and the City of Atlanta.
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