GREGOR TÖRZS

Gregor Törzs lives and works in Berlin focusing mainly on art photography and platinum printing. In 2006 Törzs introduced his fine art photography with his series "Boy on Safari", depicted in dark landscapes of surreal appearance entirely shot in dioramas. In his photographs one can see Törzs' incredible ability to create striking pictures, using only the light at hand. His "Ciel Lourd" series in 2008 is a continuation of his interest in photographing a world between the appearing and the being. For this series, he created a waterproof housing for his favorite underwater camera. Törzs also took wide matte paintings with him in the ocean in order to create these surreal underwater moments. A technique that was used in movies before computers took over the world of visual FX.

 

Throughout the years he has also been interested in microscopic photography, as can be seen in his photographs of watch movements, gemstones and insects. For his microtype series "Bigger than Me" in 2010, Törzs introduced the art of platinum printing to his work. In this elaborate method of photography he creates his platinum prints with his own hands, adapting each sheet to the demands of his negatives. He often uses handcrafted Japanese paper, such as razor thin gampi paper. There are a number of ways in which this technique can be used to provide a high level of performance.

 

In 2014 he designed and built the first 9x14 "analog underwater camera in the world, the Ultramarine 914. With it's 24x36cm superlarge format negative, it captures an emotion of the underwater world in a way has never seen before. In addition to Törzs' underwater photography that year, he also introduced platinum photograms to his body of work. The series "Bliss" is directly printed from glass plates which are treated with complex salt solutions.