Bruce Mondschain has been an active photographer in the Chicago area for over 30 years. For the past 20 years, Mondschain has worked from his studio creating both portraits and finearts figure study. His journey includes studying with Louise Potter Weinberg, Ronald Anthony, and most recently, Art Ketchum . Bruce has served on the acquisition committee of The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago. His exhibitions have included studies of Greece, Alaska, the Middle East and Poland. In addition he has exhibited in - depth photo studies of fine arts figure work, Native American pageantry, “Inspiration Cafe,” “mud circus” life, the “tattoo culture” and elective body augmentation. His works have been displayed at a range of venues including Echo Gallery, the Renaissance Theater, The Hyatt Corporation, Gallery Placik, Imagine Wine and Art Gallery (http://www.santamariasun.com/art/6882/from-his-perspective/) and, Gallery Provocateur in Chicago.
Mondschain’s philosophy of Finearts work is core to his studio work. “My quest is that intersection where vision, light, shadow, texture, form and line meet long enough to be captured as a celebration of fine art and beauty. The studio is the stage that brings to life true collaboration between the dreamer (the model) and the outside world (the photographer.)"
In the fall of 2006, Mondschain was invited to visit renowned folk singer Pete Seeger at his Beacon, NY, home, and take portraits. The following spring, Folkways division of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, acquired five of the images which have been displayed multiple times in their publications, news letters and which will appear in pending books and exhibitions. In early summer of 2009, Seeger contacted Mondschain inviting him to serve as his official photographer at the Madison Square Garden tribute to Seeger on his 90th birthday. Eighty images taken during that concert have been acquired by the Smithsonian Folkways division and include, amongst others: Bruce Springsteen, Dave Mathews, John Mellencamp, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Bela Fleck, Tom Chapin, Tom Paxton, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Richie Havens, Roger McGuinn, Taj Mahal and Tony Trischka.
“ I’ve seen first hand how Bruce relates to his model or subject with the use of materials, drapes and objects to create living sculptures with his unique photography. He has the ability to see his subject as a true art form, choreographing the pose and model into a living art form.” Art Ketchum.
Note: Models have asked what it is like to shoot with me at my studio.Click on the link below to see the highlights of a recent shoot with model Amanda Neff at my Lake Bluff studio.