The Fine Art Photography of Bob Degus
For as long as I can remember I've been making photographs. My fine art images have been gallery-shown on both coasts starting at the age of 16 when I had my first show.
Especially as an adult, my photographs have always been a very private refuge for me. A place where I could have a singular uncompromising artistic vision. Remember, cinema and theatre are deeply collaborative art forms where compromise and incorporating the gifts of other artists is essential.
So when I'd occasionally tire of that, I'd escape into my photography - a world where I only had to artistically please myself. I've shared my work with few people over the years, however, in late 2010, after an extremely encouraging conversation with legendary photographer Neil Leifer (upon his viewing my extensive portfolio), I decided to bring a few of the images into the world in a collection called "First Printing".
My approach was simple: each photograph would receive a definitive archival fine art printing, made personally by me, in my studio, on 24 x 36 Hahnemühle Fine Art paper. The prints would last 200+ years before fading. There would be a numbered set of just three images. 1 of 3, 2 of 3, and 3 of 3. That's it. No runs of 1000 numbered images. Just three prints.
Several gallery shows followed where I sold several images from the series.
I created a second collection called "How I See Hollywood", and a third called "Gateways of Time".
In the coming years, I will return to my fine art and realize Neil Leifer's full vision for my photography, but for now, you can check out these three galleries.