deborahhardt

DEBORAH HARDT

biography

Deborah Hardt makes large-scale photographs and small hand printed images that explore our relationship and interactions with vast, desolate landscapes and light. The artistís work is currently held in permanent and private collections around the country.

After studying film, art, and photography at Smith College and The Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris, Deborah worked for world-renowned Magnum Photographer Steve McCurry in New York. On the morning of September 11, 2001 Deborah watched as both World Trade Center towers crumbled to the ground. Spending the next two days with McCurry photographing the chaos and destruction, she decided to abandon photojournalism and instead dedicated herself to her first love: the Great Plains. She returned to the landscape of her childhood and set about capturing the overlooked and under-appreciated majesty of the open prairies of Western Nebraska.

Photographing with an antiquated 4 x 5 view camera, Deborahís work is both a solitary and painstaking process requiring patience and diligence. Working in the extreme opposite from most photographers today, she uses traditional film and exposes only a few frames at a time. The Zen quality to the process complements the timeless and - at times - haunting stillness of the landscapes she photographs.

Deborah is originally from Western Nebraska and resides both there and New York City.