Norm La Coe, American, born 1932 in Norton, Kansas, Norm La Coe is a painter’s child. He was fed line, form, mass and curve with his baby food. His first photographic inspiration came from the Sunday Rotogravure section of The Denver Post, which led him to pick up his first camera-a Kodak Brownie-at the age of ten. He studied for two years at the University of Florida College of Photography, but left because, as he states, “…They wanted technique and densitometers. I wanted passion and light…” He also attended a number of workshops, but considers himself mostly “self-taught and mother-taught”. Works by Norm La Coe have been included in numerous group shows over the years, including at The Camera Obscura Gallery, and we are pleased to give him his first one-man exhibition. He works in a limited edition of 50 fine platinum prints.

Artist Statement:

“I’ve been lucky. A bunch of women and several men have worked really hard to help make fine images. Especially Leda and Katha Byrne; among us, we have 56 years in this body of work. I’ve been allowed to witness several fine moments and record them on film.
Now I have chemistry, good paper and some good negatives. I’m making more good prints than I’ve ever made in my life. I am blessed…
…Every picture we take has two images in it. One is the record as recorded by the film. Sometimes, it’s pretty good. The other is the image that when we see it, satisfies that relentless critic in our mind, and calls a song up from our heart. Coaxing and extracting a work of art from the record left by light on film is always hard labor.
I don’t know if we’ll end up making the finest photographs in the world of the landscape nude. Probably, we won’t. But if we’re satisfied with less than the absolute best, why bother doing this at all? Besides, I owe it to those who helped to make these images. Leda, Katha and the others deserve the best prints that can be made.”