Per Volquartz – Aluminum series

15.05.2011 in08:39 in Miscellaneous -->


Per Volquartz started his career in the visual arts after graduating from Art Center College of Design in 1971.

At first he worked as a graphic designer and illustrator.

Soon however, he discovered large format photography, which later proved to be his main direction as a visual artist.


In the summer of 1976 Per Volquartz attended a photographic workshop in Yosemite. Here he met Ansel Adams and Morley Baer, who together with the painter, Lorser Feitelson were to inspire him, forming his unique background in creative photography.

(During the years at Art Center in Los Angeles Per Volquartz had studied under Lorser Feitelson, the master of modern American hard edge painting.)


This was to become a turning point in his photographic career.

During the next decade and a half he accepted a variety of commercial assignments from many fortune 500 companies.

He became known for his unique photographic point of view, and as a master printer.


The photographic images of Per Volquartz have appeared in most major magazines in the United States. This includes Life Magazine, Time and Newsweek, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, National Geographic and Wall Street Journal.

Articles about his work have also appeared in many publications including American Photographer magazine, Print Magazine’s Casebooks (The Best of Annual Reports), in Fotopozytyw, a professional photography magazine published in Poland, in The Photographer’s Companion the largest professional photo magazine in China, and most recently in the January / February issue of View Camera Magazine.


He has received numerous honors for his professional work during the past 30 years, including a fellowship from the American Scandinavian Foundation and Award of Excellence from the American Institute of Graphic Arts and from Print Magazine.


In 2007 he was named Honorary Professor of Humanities and Communication at Shanghai Normal University for his contribution to the field of photography.

In 2008 he received the Lang Jingshan Gold medal for photography in Shanghai, China.