Member: Arnie Kastenbaum


About Arnie Kastenbaum

“An interesting plainness is the most difficult and precious thing to achieve”  Mies Van Der Rohe

In my work, no attempt is made to depict an object as it naturally appears.  The goal is to create a new object that did not exist before.  The photograph itself becomes the object without regard to the subject matter.

With this in mind, I utilize the unique characteristics of the medium to portray commonplace objects and show the viewer an alternative representation of the object.  Often an attempt is made to show an overlooked or underlying aesthetic that exists in the mundane, be it a light bulb or a doorknob or some other simple thing.  At times this results in a momentary surprise, leaving the viewer to question what the object is or how its image was produced.

I believe that for a work to be successful it must impart my vision which is only possible through a mastery of the craft.  I use only traditional film and archival gelatin silver materials, and personally print all images.

Gallery representation includes:

Soho Photo Gallery – New York, NY
Carrie Haddad Photographs – Hudson, NY
Van Brundt Gallery – Beacon, NY
Gallery Yellow – Cross River, NY

Arnie Kastenbaum