Foreword by Lesley Brill
11" x 13 3/4", with over 100 black-and-white photographs from the Water Series printed in quadtone
Published by Insight Editions
Hardcover, $75.00 ($97.00 CAN)
Aquatique has been awarded two national book awards:
GOLD MEDAL Book of the Year Award (Photography) from ForeWord Magazine
SILVER MEDAL from Independent Publisher Book Awards (Photography)
Aquatique is also available in a Limited Edition of 350 signed hardcover copies presented in an elegant clamshell box along with a signed and numbered hand-made archival fiber-based 11" x 14" silver print. Numbers 1-175 include a print of Water Series 18; numbers 176-350 include a print of Water Series 46 (as illustrated above).For ordering information, please email or call:
Praise for Aquatique:
"Brian's Water Series (Aquatique) was a tremendous inspiration in the conception of my film of THE TEMPEST.
His surreal play with nature and the human form is not only visually exquisite but quite mysterious and moving.
Amazingly, it is shot without any digital or visual effects enhancement, and thus it has a true visceral feel
while the play of lighting on the figures and the elements is magical."
Ms. Taymor, highly regarded for her creative productions such as THE LION KING on Broadway,
and the movies TITUS, FRIDA and ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, asked Brian to collaborate with her on scenes
for her feature film, Shakespeare's "THE TEMPEST".
"Brian Oglesbee creates his images from the inside out. These photographs are purely the product of photography and function as such without the slightest doubt as to their integrity. Only photography could produce these images and only Oglesbee could produce these photographs. He is a photographer in the clearest sense of the word."
Ralph Gibson, acclaimed fine art photographer and book artist.
"The technique on display in Brian Oglesbee's watery work is mesmerizing, but when you get beyond the wonder of how the pictures were made you find a rich mysticism that is all too rare in today's dryly observational art photography. Rather than copy nature, Oglesbee's images seem to mimic it by offering a level of detail that gets more and more complex the closer you look. Unlike the one-note photographs that pervade our world, they invite that kind of scrutiny."
Russell Hart, Executive Editor, American Photo magazine.
"I've known Brian and his work in photography for over 35 years. We were in school together in Chicago studying art. While Brian was busy taking and making photographs, I was becoming more interested in art history especially as it applied to photography and filmmaking.
From that early time, Brian was not caught up in the prevailing wind of pseudo documentary photography. His work was about the magical and mystical qualities inherent in the medium. As was the case then, as it is today, his prints always made people ask 'how did you do that?' To me it never mattered what Brian did with his imagination, his equipment or any kinds of darkroom experiments. His photographs challenged me to think about the very nature of why photography was an art, and why it took so long for so many to come to this realization. Had Brian been working during the first half of the last century, I'm sure that Alfred Stieglitz would have also been a fan."
Miles Barth, Founding Curator, Permanent Collection, International Center of Photography, New York. Currently an author, independent curator and advisor to numerous public and private photography collections.
"I was at an art show in NYC when I saw one of Brian Oglesbee's prints. At the same time I spotted a noted gallery owner I know and I said, 'Did you see that print?' The answer was, 'Yeah,' but without a great deal of enthusiasm. I said, "I know you looked at it, but did you SEE it?"
'Yes, of course I did'
'No you didn't,' I said.
'What the hell are you talking about? I said I saw it!'
'No. You looked at it but you didn't SEE it!" and with that I grabbed their wrist and dragged them up close, where the multiplicity of images within images were visible. The response was: OH -- MY -- GOD . . . NOW I see it!'
Look closely at Brian's work. It brings great rewards (even if it's only black & white.)"
Jay Maisel, "one of the most acclaimed and respected figures in international photography." He has published over 15 books of photographs.
"No one makes photographs like these. Brian Oglesbee, in his brilliantly creative use of water, has produced true art, magical and beautiful. The images are nothing short of amazing!"
Howard Schatz, world-renowned photographer and author of more than 15 books of photographs.
"Amazing and Inventive, the more you look at his images the more you will see."
Nathan Lyons, Photographer, book-artist, Director Emeritus, Visual Studies Workshop
Read the article in American Photo magazine about Brian Oglesbee and Aquatique
by photographer and best-selling author, Jeff Wignall.
Read about the Aquatique window display at the Chelsea Barnes & Noble in Manhattan.
Read about the exhibition at the Pritchard Art Gallery.