Peter Bogardus

Fellow: Awarded 2012

Field of Study: Photography

Competition: US & Canada

I make limited-edition books that are handprinted, and include photogravures, text printed from metal type or xylographically, and sometimes color woodcuts. The photogravures I make from black-and-white photographs that I have taken in the field. The text in certain volumes is accomplished through collaboration, while in others I have composed it. Setting out on the course of an artistic career, I preferred to attend a liberal-arts college, in this case Hampshire. This allowed me a broad education in the humanities, ranging beyond fine art per se to such pursuits as anatomy, English literature, theology, and anthropology, all under the aegis of my tutor, Leonard Baskin, the coordinator of the “alembic”constituting artistic development. The program leading to an M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art served to refine and focus the training requisite to pursue a career in art. After a considerable period of working in drawing, painting, and sculpture it felt incumbent on me to move out into the wider world in search of material. Hence, overcoming reservations about mechanical mediation, I returned to photography, the earliest artistic pursuit of my life, which I had studied under Nik Millhouse at St. Bernard's School. Happily I was able to attend the International Center of Photography to learn about large-format and documentary photography, and then study photogravure with Lothar Osterberg and Jon Goodman, finally returning to the bookmaking I had begun at college. Living in New York has provided a great springboard for the research undertaken in Africa. Leaving the sanctuary of my studio with a camera and the hope to learn from other people and cultures has led to innumerable encounters, which have engendered the books made to date as well as the proposed volumes.