The philosphy behind this body of work could possibly best be described by Lincoln Kirstein, writing in 1938 in Walker Evans' American Photographs, who said that it "can be considered a kind of burrowing eye, a conspirator against time and its is 'straight' photography not only in technique but in the rigorous directedness of its way of looking."

The images seen here are part of an extensive collection of large format images produced by D. B. Stovall.  Although some of these images were made in the 1974-1983 timeframe, Stovall started making images again in late 2006.  Most of the images shown here were made since that time.

Large format, usually 4x5, is used for complete image control.  The use of large format techniques also complements Stovall's vision, as it provides a "slower way of seeing" that is particularly appropriate for these subjects.  The medium is primarily color transparency, either Ektachrome E100VS or Fuji Velvia for the large format.

D. B. Stovall was born and raised in the Washington, D. C. area.  His initial postsecondary education was in photography, and he graduated from RIT in the mid 1970s.  He currently is a retired electrical engineer.

These images are best viewed on a 1280 x 1024 or larger screen resolution with a 6500K or warmer white point.  Since these images are closely matched to the original transparencies, colors are highly saturated and the use of high quality calibrated LCD displays will provide a truer presentation. sRGB color profiles are embedded in all images for maximum compatibility.


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See Washington City Paper 2013 Best 10 Photography Exhibitions review here

See Washington City Paper review of Nov 2013 show at Hillyer Gallery in DC here

See Washington Post review of Nov 2013 show at Hillyer Gallery in DC here

See Frederick News-Post article on D. B. Stovall from January 2009 here


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Release 8.0       18 January 2014       549 images