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David LaChapelle – Garret Suhrie Photography Mentorship
KEY PROGRAM ELEMENTS
The Maybach Manufaktur has created a web special about the Garret Suhrie/David LaChapelle Mentorship Program. This excellent piece can be seen here.
An article written in German about Garret and the event can be found here.
Included in the German text is the following reference to Garret's exhibition at the Center of Excellence event:
In addition to admiring automotive treasures at the event, one could also admire the photographs of Garret Suhrie from Harrisburg (USA). Ulrich Schmid-Maybach, the great grandson of the founder of the Brand, introduced the 27 year old artist, who was personally supported by David LaChapelle during the mentoring program of the Wilhelm and Karl Maybach Foundation.
Attempting to harness the power of photography to conserve our most precious resources, the International League of Conservation Photographers ("ILCP") has grown to a well respected fellowship program including many talented artists. Recently, the ILCP held a sold out event at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles which was attended by Maybach Foundation protégé Garret Suhrie. This event featured Paul Nicklen who outlined some of the struggles associated with the ascertainment of goals set by many nature photographers, and how organizations such as the ILCP are introducing new methods to overcome these struggles. This presentation helped to reinforce Suhrie's drive and dedication to photograph nature and to provide examples of how one can utilize photography to convey socially important messages.
Since launching the mentorship in August 2010, Suhrie has spent time in Hawaii, as well as Los Angeles, in preparing for international exhibitions to showcase his work. In addition, in connection with the 16th annual Los Angeles Art Show, guests admired the work of Suhrie at the new Ritz-Carlton Residences of L.A. At this event Suhrie presented many of his own photographs in addition to a piece created in collaboration with his mentor David LaChapelle.
Share Garret’s journey in his blog.
In Garret Suhrie the Foundation has found a young photographer who began by documenting the decaying industrial facilities in his home city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Garret’s focus during the mentorship will be on documenting the beauty of the natural world. “While the natural world has been well documented throughout generations of infinite talent, there are still amazing original sights hidden everywhere-the key to finding them is having the patience to look in a different light”. The mentor, star photographer David LaChapelle, was himself the beneficiary of mentorship.” One of the most important things I can do in my career is to share my experience with aspiring artists. I have had the honor to work with and learn from some of the most important artists of our time. I feel that the time they spent with me would be wasted if I didn’t share what I learned from them. The Maybach mentorship program has provided me with an amazing opportunity to share that knowledge with a young artist whose talent I believe in.”
As pat of the David LaChapelle Project, The Foundation provides:
- Exhibition planning and execution
- Networking opportunities with high-level photographers
- Critical review by leaders in the Arts
- Commuinity service activities
- Coaching on development of concrete objectives, enabling the protégé to achieve his individual goals
Suhrie has an unusual perspective on the urban world that he shares through his photography. Because he lives in Los Angeles, an urban world that is loud, overcrowded and technical, nature is a luxury to him. Suhrie sees luxury in nature in the form of something that is unadulterated, untouched or simply just stillness. Through the power of photographic storytelling, the Foundation is trying to motivate society to appreciate and preserve nature as a way to survive urban chaos.