Sunday, January 30, 2011
Photographs of Native Americans by Herbert Ascherman at the Butler Institute of American Art: "YOUNGSTOWN, OH.- Considered by many one of this nation’s foremost living portrait photographers, Herbert Ascherman has rejected modern photographic technology, returning to the the late 19th and early 20th century platinum printing process. This Cleveland, Ohio, artist utilizes an 8 x 10 inch format, cherrywood camera that he takes on location, including places like Dubai, France and India, to create his exquisite images. This exhibition features portraits of Native Americans primarily from the Three Affiliated Tribes, as well as numerous other tribes, taken at the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota. As a photographer, writer and photo historian, I have long admired the heritage of Native Americans and their place in the photographic history of our country. After thirty five years as a professional portraitist, I have finally reached that previously unattainable point in my life and where I am able to re-prioritize my career and artistic objectives. Stepping back from"