Loren Nelson


In 1972, Loren Nelson picked up a Deardorff 4X5 view camera and began to organize the world on a four-by-five-inch piece of frosted glass. Nelson photographed with film and used a traditional darkroom to produce silver gelatin prints for over 40 years. But recently he has switched to a digital workflow using 35mm digital cameras and an iPhone to more spontaneously respond to his surroundings, and printing his images with archival pigment inks on fine-art papers. Portfolios include landscapes, seascapes, botanicals and “Under Wraps”, a series of plastic-wrapped buildings.

Loren Nelson’s photographs are in numerous public and private collections, including the Portland Art Museum, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art (Salem, Oregon) and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (Tampa, Florida). He is represented by the Portland Art Museum/Rental Sales Gallery in Portland, Oregon and has been published in View Camera, LensWork, B&W and Shots Magazines.