Passing Show 1

PhotographerEric Lawton
PrizeNature / Landscape_N
Entry Description

EVENT HORIZON The Event Horizon is described in astrophysics as the membrane around a Black Hole; the point of no return between one reality and another. A photograph can be such a passageway, a portal from one perception of reality to another, where form is a place mark for other, more fundamental elements - like the movement of trees manifesting the wind. Seen in this way, a subject may be less important for what it is, or where it is, than for what it can reveal to us of its underlying, essential nature; of those forces that may be perceived only by employing form to express them. This series seeks to explore such ideas. Eric Lawton

About Photographer

ERIC LAWTON is an fine art photographer, writer and visual artist who has traveled and photographed throughout the world. Lawton’s photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe, including Christie’s in Beverly Hills, Bergamot Station Art Center in Santa Monica, the Louis Stern Gallery in West Hollywood, The Pacific Design Center, “Photo LA”: the International Photographic Print Exposition, California State University Art Gallery, Silvermine Gallery in Connecticutt, Florida State University Art Gallery, Ledel Gallery in New York and the Stockholm Art Exposition in Sweden. His art is in numerous private, corporate and public collections including the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles, the International Museum of Photography, the New York Public Library and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. In 2001 Lawton received a Certificate of Tribute from the City of Los Angeles for his body of work, presented by Mayor Richard Riordan at the opening of his solo exhibition, Photographs from Earth, which was on view for six months at Los Angeles City Hall. Lawton’s photographic assignments have included The White House, The New York Times Magazine, Fortune and Conde Nast Traveler. His works have been published worldwide, including Communication Arts, Fortune, The New York Times Magazine, American Photo, Popular Photography, Sierra, Quick (Germany), Alitalia (Italy), Dukas Femina (Switzerland), U.S. Press WR (Austria), Gente (Italy), The World of Photography (China) and Le Nouvel Observateur (France). His advertising clients include Citigroup, Motorola, Mazda, Princess Cruises, Prudential Investments, Merkley Newman Harty and Ammirati Puras Lintas. His multimedia theatrical work has included projects as diverse as photographic montages with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl, improvisational visual performances with poet Phil Cousineau and The Doors’ John Densmore, “Floating Stone”: visual montages with the Hae Kyung Lee Dance Company at the Japan America Theater in Los Angeles. Lawton’s nonfiction stories have been published in several anthologies. An excerpt from one of Lawton’s writings was quoted by actress Susan Sarandon during the presentation of the 75th Annual Academy Awards in March 2003 (seen on television by an estimated one billion people worldwide). His books of photographs include The Soul of the World (HarperCollins - third printing) and The Soul Aflame (Conari Press). Lawton served on the Cultural and Fine Arts Advisory Commission for the Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Advertising Photographers of America/Los Angeles. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and is the recipient of numerous awards, including The International Photography (“Lucie”) Awards, Advertising Photographers of America, American Photo and Communication Arts’ Award of Excellence. His work may be viewed at his website,