GARY BEEBER PHOTOGRAPHY / VIDEO
S T A T E M E N T
I am drawn to subjects I find to be incongruous, and have been told that I see things that others don’t. The images I capture speak to me in a variety of ways, fulfilling an insatiable curiosity about the world and everything in it. I gravitate to subjects that seem odd. Sometimes I’m reminded of a long forgotten connection, or find something that appeals to my sense of humor.
As I photograph, I make adjustments to the composition and perspective. I also think about how the image will look printed on paper. Sometimes I get what I want in a few shots, sometimes it takes longer. I use digital cameras because I like immediacy. The camera I use most often is a SONY Alpha 7 II, I also use an iPhone 11 Pro Max. My software of choice is Photoshop.
I like to come back to themes and have been continually working on each series for years. For me, it’s exciting to see how things change over time and some others disappear altogether. I prefer quiet places where I can spend time thinking about each subject without interruption, but that’s not always possible, so I go with the flow. Some places I know about and some places I find by happenstance.
At a recent solo exhibition of my “Personalities” series, a psychiatrist introduced himself and told me that he felt that I capture who people really are.
Fascinated by people’s stories, I find subjects who push convention, driven by self expression, to be especially captivating. My background as a producer documentary films and of an Off-Broadway variety show, Gotham Burlesque, led me to have intimate access to many such compelling people.
My curiosity seeks out unique people and my earnest acceptance of them allows for a mutually engaging encounter. I provide the audience, and their bold demonstration reminds me, and my viewers, of our common human wish - to be seen.
B I O G R A P H Y
Gary Beeber is an award-winning American photographer and filmmaker who has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world. He has had numerous solo photography exhibitions and his documentary films have been screened at over 150 film festivals. Pfizer Pharmaceutical, Goldman Sachs and Chase Bank are Fortune 500 companies who collect his work.