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Gregory Colbert

“Hasselblad is the Stradivari of digital cameras.” - Gregory Colbert


Photo: Gregory Colbert

Ashes and Snow has received over ten million visitors, making it the most attended exhibition by any artist in history.

Since 2002 the exhibition has migrated to five cities on three continents

Gregory Colbert 
World renowned artist

Gregory Colbert (http://www.ashesandsnow.com/) is a world-renowned filmmaker and photographer and the creator of Ashes and Snow, an exhibition of large-scale photographic artworks and 35mm films housed in the Nomadic Museum. Since 2002 the exhibition has migrated to five cities on three continents and has become the most attended exhibition by any artist in history. 

Over the past eighteen years Colbert has been on more than seventy expeditions to some of the earth’s most remote locations to film and photograph wondrous interactions between human beings and animals. His animal collaborators include elephants, whales, manatees, sacred ibis, Antigone cranes, royal eagles, gyr falcons, rhinoceros hornbills, cheetahs, leopards, African wild dogs, caracals, leopards, baboons, elands, meerkats, gibbons, and orangutans.

 

I have long used both Hasselblad and Canon film cameras. I began using the Hasselblad H3DII-39 just over two years ago (and the Hasselblad H3DII-50 more recently). The transition has been simple, in large part due to the ease of use of both of the H3DII-39 and the H3DII-50 

I do not think about taking pictures but rather about making images, much in the way that a musician might compose a narrative piece. Hasselblad is the Stradivari of digital cameras, the most sophisticated photographic instrument that I can use to create images and tell stories. The Hasselblad is like a musical instrument that has a wide range of octaves. It provides nuances of color as well as phenomenal resolution.  

On the production side, while there have been compelling practical reasons to switch to digital for some time—including reducing one’s environmental footprint—before moving away from film I had to ensure that a digital file could provide comparable or even superior quality. Most of my large-scale photographic artworks are approximately 80x130, some even larger. The extremely high resolution of Hasselblad digital files allows me virtually no restrictions when determining the scale of the final work.  

I look forward to revealing the results of my walkabouts with my Hasselblads in 2012.