07.08.2011 in20:44 in Art -->
Ion Zupcu was born in Romania in 1960 and came to New York City in 1991. He began his explorations of photography working in a studio in his native city. A few years later, while spending long hours in his living room taking care of his daughter but with the desire to take photographs himself, Mr. Zupcu began to take still-life photographs of vases and flowers. During this same period he came across the still life and staged photography of other artists, an encounter which influenced him greatly.
In New York, while driving a yellow cab, he met the owner of a black and white photo lab and began working for him, learning the tools of traditional black and white printing. In 1993, two events occurred which enhanced his appreciation for and cemented his desire to pursue the art of black and white photography: his first visit to the International Center of Photography and his discovery of the three Ansel Adams books, The Camera, The Negative and The Print.
In 1998, after seven years of separation, he was at last reunited with his daughter and wife in New York, and their arrival awakened in Mr. Zupcu a sense of purpose and new-found motivation. While he had been working primarily with landscape photography, his passion for the still life suddenly reigned and Zupcu began spending long hours shooting, studying and mastering the art of still life printing. His first serious investigation into the genre began in 1999 with a series entitled simply Flowers, which was followed by numerous collections of photographs depicting bottles, fabrics, eggs and portraits. His latest project is entitled Works on Paper. Mr. Zupcu’s prints and sepia-tones all of his own work.
Since his first exhibition in 2000, Ion’s work has become part of many private collections throughout the world. His works is in the permanent collection of Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Ialomita County Museum of Art in Romania; the Melveny & Myers Collection and the LLP Collection.