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Beth Moon

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Photographer

Time, memory and nature are the central motifs that underlie the photographic imagery of American photographer Beth Moon. Whether she is recording the majestic, sentinel-like Baobab trees for the Portraits of Time series or capturing the strange balance between childhood innocence and the darker wisdom of nature in the project, Thy Kingdom Come; Moon reveals a magical and intuitive appreciation for the ways in which time, memory and nature define our understanding of man’s place in the universe.
Moon was born in Wisconsin and studied fine art at the University of Wisconsin. Classes in painting, life drawing, sculpture, and design would set the groundwork for her work in photography, which was to come years later.

Moving to England, a country with a love for all things arboreal, gave her a fresh look at a land that boasts the largest concentration of ancient trees. Inspired by these trees she decided to make a series of their portraits. Unhappy with the photographic tonality and stability of ink-jet printing, she started to experiment with alternative printing processes, learning platinum/palladium printing, an ideal process for her vision. She concentrated on mastering this printing technique, doing all of her own printing.

“By using the longest lasting photographic process, I hope to speak about survival, not only of man and nature’s but to photography’s survival as well. For each print I mix ground platinum and palladium metals, making a tincture that is hand-coated onto heavy watercolor paper and exposed to light. There are many steps involved in creating the final print and these are as important to me as the capturing of the image,” said Moon. A platinum print can last for centuries, drawing on the common theme of time and survival, pairing photographic subject and process.

Currently Beth resides in Marin County, California with her family. Her work has been the object of numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide, receiving critical acclaim.

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Beth Moon artworks

Selected exhibitions

2019   Messums Wiltshire – Material Wood, England

2019  The Bolinas Museum – Beth Moon: Diamond Nights, California

2018  Photo Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM – Ancient Kingdoms

2018  The Rain Forest Fringe Festival, Malaysia – Ancient Trees

2018  The Citadelle Art Museum, Texas – Ancient Trees: Ancient Skies

2017  Muse Museo delle Scienze di Trento, Italy – Aboria, I Monumenti Vegetali di Beth Moon e Federica Galli

2017  L'ARIETE Arte Contemporanea, Bologna, Italy – Diamond Nights

2016  Corden Potts, San Francisco, CA – Diamond Nights

2016  Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LA – Diamond Nights

2016  The Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel, CA – Bridging Earth and Sky

2016  Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, CO – Selected Works Beth Moon

2015  Zott’s Artspace, San Cassiano, Italy – Diamond Nights

2015  Corden Potts, San Francisco, CA – Selected Works

2015  George Town Art Festival, Penang, Malaysia – Beth Moon, Ancient Trees

2014  Zott's Artspace, Singapore

2014  PH Neutro Fotographia Fine Art, Pietrasanta, Italy – Diamond Nights

2014  Corden Potts, San Francisco, CA – Diamond Nights

2013  PH Neutro Fotographia Fine Art, Pietrasanta, Italy – Selected Works

2013  The Empty Quarter, Dubai, UAE – Nestled in Nature

2013  L'Ariete Arte Contemporanea, Bologne, Italy – Beth Moon, Bridging Earth and Sky

2012  Vision Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel – Bridging Earth and Sky

2012  Cordon Potts, San Francisco, CA – Odin's Cove

2012  Verve Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, NM – Human-Nature

2011  PH Neutro Fotographia Fine Art, Verona, Italy – Beth Moon, Selected Works 1999-2011

2010  Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography, Canton, Ohio – Beth Moon

2010  Gallery 291, San Francisco, CA – Augurs and Soothsayers and Island of Dragon's Blood

2009  University of San Francisco, CA – Beth Moon Platinum Prints

2009  Fiori Wave Gallery, Brescia, Italy – Beth Moon

2009  Verve Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, New Mexico – Reverie and Rhapsody

2008  Gallery 291, San Francisco, CA – Savage Garden

2008  Gallery 291, San Francisco, CA – Thy Kingdom Come

2006  The Bolinas Museum, California – Portraits of Time

2001  The Blue Gallery, London, England – Touch Wood

2000 Flatfile, Chicago, Illinois - Beth Moon Portfolio

2000  Fussleman Hall Art Gallery, Kentfield, CA – Trees of Life

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019  Michigan Museum of Art – The World to Come

2019  The Harn Museum of Florida – The World to Come

2018  Photo Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM – Cosmo

2018  La Galerie Blin Plus Blin, Paris, France – Best of "Noir et blanc" à Paris

2017  The Waterfall Mansion and Gallery, New York, NY – New Book

2017  The Baldwin Photographic Gallery, Middleton State University Tennessee

2017  Corden Potts, San Francisco, CA – Summer Selections

2016  Le Ceil Foundation, London, Paris and NYC – Wisdom and Nature

2016  Verve Gallery of Photography, 3 Person Show

2016  Ph Neutro Fotographia – From Liberty to Freedom

2015  Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2014  Verve Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, New Mexico – Odin's Cove

2013  Corden Potts, San Francisco, CA

2013  PH Neutro Verona, Italy – Fotographia, dall' Argento al Palladio

2013  Verve Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, New Mexico – Figures Studied

2012  Orticola di Lombardia, Milano, Italy, Villa Reale – Garden-Trees, Flowers, Landscape

2012  Brattleboro Museum , Brattleboro,Vermont – Bridging Earth and Sky

2011  The Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas – Magical Realism

2010  San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA – Exposed: Today’s Photography

2010  Skotia Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2010  Texas Woman’s University – Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition

2008  Modern Book Gallery – Palo Alto, CA - Small

2007  Farmani Gallery, Los Angeles, CA – Best of Arles Foto Folio

2007  Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie, France

2007  Flatfile Gallery, Chicago, IL – Flora Faun

2007  Aperture F64, San Anselmo, CA – Among Trees

2006  The John Stevenson Gallery, New York, NY– Noble Processes in a Digital Age

2005 SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco,  CA – New Photography

2005  Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO - Intimate Floral

2005  Witte Museum San Antonio, TX – Witte Water Works

2004  FlatFile, Chicago, IL – The Earth

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego

Louisiana Art & Science Museum

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bolzano, Italy

The Citadelle Art Museum, Texas

BOOKS

Literary Chickens: Gallus Literati, Abbeville Press, 2018

Les Plus Vieux Arbres,(The Oldest Trees) Agence Museo (French Edition) 2018

Literarische Hühner, (German Edition) Elisabeth Sandmann Verlag, 2017

Ancient Skies: Ancient Trees, Abbeville Press, October 2016

Uralte Bäume Magische Gestirne, (Ancient Trees Magic Stars) Elisabeth Sandmann Verlag, (German Edition) 2016

La Langue Verte, Galerie Vevais Press, (Germany) January 2015

Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time, Abbeville Press, September 2014

Between Earth and Sky, Charta Art Books, (Italy) September 2013

SELECTED REVIEWS AND ARTICLES

2019  BBC (Brasil) interview

2019  BBC (UK) interview

2019  Christies Magazine (UK), 6 page spread with interview

2019  Black & White Magazine (UK) Cover, interview, with 8 images

2018  Yak Magazine (Bali) interview with 6 photos

2018  The Wall Street Journal, interview with 5 photos

2018  Telerama (France)

2018  Deep World (China)

2018  European Photography (Germany)

2017  Black & White (USA) interview with 10 page layout

2017  AR3 (Africa) interview with 3 page layout

2017  Wsokie Obcasy (Poland) interview with 10 photos

2017  Geo Wissen (Germany)

2016  Deep World (China) 7-page layout

2016  Vogue (Germany) Article with 6 photos

2016  The San Francisco Chronicle, article with 2 photos

2016  Exit (Madrid) Article with 7 photos

2016  Museumtidschrift (Amsterdam) Article with photo

2016  National Geographic (Spain), article with 10 photos

2016  Notre Dame Magazine, cover image, 2 photos

2016  Kaizen (France), interview with 8 photos

2016  The Sierra Club, photo

2016  ABC News, 12 photos

2016  Happinez (Germany) 10-page layout

2016  L’illustre’ (Zurich), interview with 7 photos

2016  Africa Geographic, Article with 12 photos

2016  National Geographic Proof, 10 photos with interview

2016  Geo (France) 8 photos with article

2016  Polka (France) article with photo

2016  Wild Hope, article with 7 photos

2015  My Modern Met, article with 10 photos

2015  Plethora Magazine (Copenhagen) cover, article and photos

2015  Malibu Magazine, interview with photos

2015  Radio New Zealand, 20-minute live interview

2015  The San Francisco Chronicle, article with 3 photos

2015  The Smithsonian, interview with 10 photos

2015  Geo (Germany) article with 6 photos

2015  The Huff Post Arts and Culture, article with 12 photos

2015  Wired Magazine, Diamond Nights, interview with 10 photos

2015  The Independent (UK), article with 6 photos

2015  Berenberg (Germany) article with 6 photos

2015  Focus (Holland) interview with 6 photos

2015  Chip Foto (Netherlands) 2-page spread

2015  PRI The World, article with 10 photos

2014  The New York Times International, article with 2 photos

2014  The Wall Street Journal, interview with 3 photos

2014  The San Francisco Chronicle, article with photo

2014  The Chicago Tribune, article with 3 photos

2014  The Guardian (U.K.), article with 9 photos

2014  Wired Magazine, Ancient Trees, interview with 12 photos

2014  Slate Fr.(France) article with 10 photo

2014  The Huffington Post, article with 11 photos

2014  Orion Magazine,(U. S.) Odin's Cove, cover with article

2014  SCHWARZWEISS (Germany), The Savage Garden,  8-page spread with interview

2014  Semanal (Spain) article with 6 photos

2014  Modern Weekly (China) article with photos

2013  Monthly Photo, (South Korea) 8-page spread, 12 photos with interview

2013  Civilization Magazine (China), 10-page spread, 10 photos with interview

2013  Shots, (U.S.) cover with photo

2013  Mangazine (China), 5 photos with article

2013  Black and White Photography (UK), 60 Second Exposure, 4 photos, interview

2012  Bazaar Art (China), 12 page spread, 18 photos with interview

2012  LensWork, (U.S.)  Odin's Cove, 12 photos with interview

2012  Orion Magazine, (U.S.)  Island of the Dragon's Blood, article with 5 photos

2011  Rangefinder, (U.S.) The Artistic Vision of Beth Moon, interview, 11 photos

2011  The View Project  (U.S.) book compiled by Joyce Tenneson

2011  Why Photographs Work, (U.S.) edited by George Barr, Rocky Nook Press

2010  LensWork, (U.S.) Augurs and Soothsayers, interview with 14 photos

2010  Blow (Ireland), Thy Kingdom Come, 4 photos

2010  Rosebud, (U.S.) Portraits of Time, article with 6 photos

2010  Black and White Photography (UK), 3 photos, article

2010  Digitalis Foto (Hungary) cover, article with 8 photos

2009  Paseo Tiempo, (U.S.) article, interview, 3 images

2009  LensWork, (U.S.) The Savage Garden, cover, 14 photos with interview

2009  Zoom International (Italy), 6-page spread with interview

2009  Fotoritum (Turkey), cover,  12 photos with article

2008  Shots, (U.S.) The Savage Garden, 8-page spread, interview

2008  Black and White (U.S.) September, Spotlight,  8-page spread

2008  Shots, (U.S.)  Issue 101

2008  Camera Arts, cover, (U.S.) Thy Kingdom Come portfolio

2007  LensWork, (U.S.) Portraits of Time portfolio,14 photos with interview

2007  Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain (UK), Article, A Noble Process 

2007  Silvershotz (International), Where Art Embraces Photography – 12-page spread

2007  F2 Freelance Photographer (UK) 

2007  Professional Photographer, (UK) Getting Along Fine, interview

2006  The New York Sun, (U.S.) Noble Processes in a Digital Age   

2005  Art Education (U.S.), Art of the Narrative: Interpreting Visual Stories

2002  Art Week (U.S.), Preview of Evocations