Biography of Vera Lutter
Vera Lutter (born 1960 in Kaiserslautern, DE) is an award winning New York based artist working in a variety of digital media, including image projection installation, film and sound recording. She is best known for her use of a room-sized camera obscura, which she uses to capture large-scale black-and-white negative images typically depicting urban and industrial landscapes (Urban Landscapes, 1994-2010; Transportation & Voyage, 1997-2006).
Vera Lutter’s unique, inverted images of monumental man-made sites around the world document the process of decay and the passage of time, most strikingly in her photographs of the ancient pyramids of Egypt and of London’s long disused Battersea power station. The artist’s exposure process is lengthy, ranging from several hours or days, to months on occasion. This results in unusual and intriguing works that capture blurred echoes of movement, ethereal beams of light and stunning contrasts between light and dark.
Vera Lutter’s works are included in a number of prestigious permanent collections, for instance, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, the Whitney Museum of Art and Neue Gallery, all in New York, as well as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.