Archival Pigment Print, Mounted 16"x20", Valued at $300
Artist Bio: Judith Preston is a photographer and educator who grew up in rural New England and now lives in Southern California. She first became interested in photography while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English from Keene State College in New Hampshire. Exposed to the work of Minor White and Ansel Adams as a student worker in the college’s audio-visual department, she began to pursue still photography as a visual avenue of communication. Her first serious work was documentary photographs of the residents of a low-income housing project in the small town of Brattleboro, Vermont. Turning her attention to the Vermont landscape, she began experimenting with black & white infrared film as a way to express the spiritual quality of nature. Wanting to delve into the medium even further, she entered the graduate program in photography at Ohio University, Athens, receiving her MFA in 1986. Since 1988, she has taught both traditional darkroom and digital photography classes as well as History of Photography at Grossmont, Palomar, and MiraCosta colleges. Currently, she is interested in low-tech approaches to image-making such as the Holga plastic camera and non-traditional alternative processes.