Photographer Klaus Rossler’s career has gone through many changes in life before entering the world of photography: formal training in graphic design, cabinetry and professional furniture and antiques restoration in Germany, extensive travel in Europe and Asia, study of jazz guitar at university level, performing and recording in North America and Europe.
Yet, his outlook on life changed again after moving to Canada, discovering the grandeur of northern landscapes and subjects in his photography. Living in Northern Ontario and many remote canoe trips had a profound and lasting influence on his work.
He sees photography as a creative process much like painting or sculpture, rather than the recording of reality – emphasizing interpretation and expression – fascination with linear structure and texture – seeing line and shape in a highly graphic way. As a result the viewer is involved through seeing instead of looking, responding emotionally. Rather than using photography as a vehicle to convey sociopolitical messages, he points the viewer towards the challenge and recognition of pure design – where line, shape, texture is the message. It is of importance to him to make a clear distinction between the natural design observed and the personal design created, trying to convince us to abandon the notion of reality or truth, so often associated with photography. Rossler’s scrutiny becomes the viewer’s care and makes one reflect on the pure power of the visual experience.
His B&W-Duotones of dramatic landscapes, as well as series of non-representational images found recognition throughout the region and with collectors across Canada and the US. Recent series include experimental work, involving multi exposure- off register- and selective focusing techniques, resulting in what he calls Photo-Impressionism. His latest exhibition “View From The Edge” explores juxtapositions of outgoing, expanding vistas and the close and intimate, as well as reflections, representing a visual transformation from solid to liquid matter.
Besides observation and capture, Rossler prefers to control all aspects of processing his work, including editing and darkroom techniques, printing, matting and framing in archival quality.
• Images published in Photo-Life Magazine, several outdoor/canoeing magazines and tourism promotions / websites and have been used for various corporate and commercial applications in North America and Europe.
• Other commercial work includes assignments, reproduction of artwork, as well as 10 years of experience and clientele in photo-restoration.
• Photography of exhibitions and artwork for documentation and publication at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery since 2006.
• Work has been chosen by the Canadian Museum Of Nature / Ottawa for being part in ‘The Water Project’, a ten year national touring exhibition.
• Collectors in Canada, the US and Europe, private and interior designers
• Publication in Canadian Geographic’s special edition book “National Parks 2011”
• Artist in Residence at Pukaskwa National Park 2011, 2012, 2013. Work with Parks Canada on promotional projects.
• The City of Thunder Bay / Ontario presented his prints to the recipients of the Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
• Publication in upcoming book by the Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, 2013
• Member and contributing artist with Artisans North West, Thunder Bay / Ontario.
• Recipient of Ontario Arts Council Project Grants, 2008 and 2014
• Photography Workshops with Parks Canada, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and locally.
2003 Intergenerational Centre – Atikokan, Ontario
2004 Pictograph Gallery, Atikokan, Ontario
2005 Gallerie Paquin, Kapuskasing, Ontario
2005 Galley 815, Hurst, Ontario
2007 Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Ontario
2007 A-frame Gallery, Sioux Lookout, Ontario
2008 Duluth Art Institute, Minnesota
2009 Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Ontario
The influence of the land continues to play a significant role in Rossler’s work, closing the circle from an outgoing, expanding view into the grand vista, back to the micro cosmos of collages of rock and lichen, colors and textures, creating his distinctive point of view.
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