Larry Barsh is a retired dentist whose interest in photography has been ongoing for more than 50 years. In 1975, he took the Grand Prize in the Boston Globe Photography Contest for hs photograph "Of Countries and Generations.
He is a semi-professional photographer who has had photographs published in People, Variety, Star and Rolling Stone Magazines as well as several newspapers. Larry has worked as a stringer for the Boston Globe, on-set photographer for the Catherine Crier Show on Court TV and the Jane Pauley Show on NBC. He also hosted a radio call-in "Ask the Doctor" show in Boston in the late 1990s on WBZ Radio.
Larry now works exclusively with digital cameras and, recently, more and more with the iPhone but has, in the past, used 35 mm, 4x5 view and 2 1/4 square formats developing and processing both color and black and white images. He is a strong believer that for photography to be truly an art form both capture and construction of the image has to be accomplished by the artist. Images at the site have been processed personally so that it represents his true vision.
In addition to so-called "straight" photography, Larry believes that there is more to photography than replicating what is seen into a faithful reproduction as it was with film photography. Digital photography has opened a new realm of interpretive images combining both photographic reproduction with artistic imagination. Interpretive images are as much "real" photography as pointillism, surrealism, cubism, da-da and the like are real art.
In Larry's own words:
As I write this, I am one day away from my 80th birthday. I have been in love with photography for more than 65 of those 80 years and have, for all of those 65 years, been trying to capture THE image. I have used almost every style of camera from view camera to iPhone, I've processed film in my own darkroom and processed digital images in Photoshop. Technology has both simplified and made more complex many fields. I've used log tables and a slide rule but still cannot figure out how to use a complex calculator. As a retired dentist who started practice in 1961 I've worked to restore teeth now "simply" replaced by dental implants.
Photography is art and art is personal - it either affects emotionally the viewer or it does not. Art is not dependent on a curator's opinion of what constitutes excellence, it is, however, dependent on the viewer's. I have the same problem with a judge's opinion in a portfolio review.
What am I trying to say? I guess it's that art is personal. The one image that is both technically perfect and also captures the soul of the viewer is an elusive goal. But still images that defy description are a necessary part of the evolution of an art form and should be encouraged and seriously considered. Just my opinion, of course.