Anthony Kurtz is an award-winning commercial, editorial and art photographer based in San Francisco. He specializes in environmental portraiture and strives to create beautifully unexpected photographs of people. Combining both natural light and studio strobes, he sculpt light to create a mood, an atmosphere, a photograph that tells a story and, hopefully, sparks curiosity in the viewer.
My work often focuses on marginalization and alienation. I document people and places that exist on the edges of society, sometimes physically, mentally or both: excluded by choice or by circumstances. Concurrently, I am interested in control and conformity and I strive to represent both of these opposing forces within a photograph. I feel a need to document my generation and question our deeply rooted ideas of democracy, security and progress.
The element of time also plays an important role in my work. I often refer to future societal collapses and a world where humans are no longer in control. The images I capture with a camera are merely foundations upon which I build by manipulating light, shadow and color. I attempt to create a mood and atmosphere, a sort of hyper-reality that contains both a sense of mystery and sadness, hope and beauty.