Ira Wagner | Montclair NJ, United States


Short bio:
After a 27 year career on Wall Street, I decided to leave to pursue other interests and began taking classes in photography at ICP in New York. This led me to pursue an MFA degree. I attended the Hartford Limited Residency program and graduated in 2013. Since then I have been teaching photography at Monmouth University in New Jersey and continue photographing my interests in the urban and man made landscape.

Why do you photograph on film?
I photograph on film for two principal reasons. First, I love the look of color film images. I believe the rendition of color and the smoothness of transitions is something that distinguishes film images from digital images. Second, I use both medium and large format cameras, which allow for tremendous detail and making beautiful and intriguing large prints. Additionally, these formats are perfect for capturing the architecture and detail of the urban environment.

What is your work about?
This project seeks to capture and present the complex layers of development that have taken place in the Bronx – a virtual laboratory of urban development. In its history, the Bronx has had dramatic cycles of promise, possibility, loss and revival. While for many, the Bronx remains frozen as a symbol of urban decline, I try to look at the Bronx objectively as it exists now. I find there the range, chaos, irony, richness and beauty of the urban landscape.