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Lori Ordover “Urban Iconography”
I am fascinated with inert structures and static shadows that come to life by interacting with their environment.
A mechanical vent’s reflection in light looks like the neck of a giraffe; the shadow of a lamppost shelters people walking by. Inanimate structures become animate.
When I see scenes such as these then I know I need to explore further and I feel a visceral reaction and connection. I want to create what one sees and ignores every day and give these objects a place and elevate them to what I see as some kind of beauty.
The works of Hilla and Bernd Becher and the disciples of the Düsseldorf School of Photography, such as Thomas Ruff and Andreas Gursky, influence my creative style. Although this series reflects their influence, my esthetic vocabulary differs in some important respects in that I tend to infuse my images with deep graphic texture.
I chose to shoot these images in black and white, because I felt color would interrupt the relationship between the photograph and the viewer — in monochrome these images stay pure, simple and honest.
Lori Ordover, May 2015
Lori has been an avid photographer for over 40 years documenting the world around her. Her father, the inventor of the digital watch and a lover of technology purchased for her a Konica camera in the early 70’s. He gave her confidence to be curious and not fear failure. As a result she felt comfortable creating many styles of images, experimenting with various film types and different development techniques.
Lori photographs with the desire to make intriguing images from ordinary subjects. She creates traditionally beautiful landscapes as well as images that portray a rougher, edgier aesthetic.
Lori graduated in 2014 from the International Center of Photography Continuing Education Program and worked with many accomplished photographers, including Anja Hitzenberger who mentored her on her present exhibition, as well as Joe Baraban, George Jardine, Natan Dvir, and Andre Lambertson.
She is married to Janusz Ordover who has always encouraged her to devote herself to photography and to share her work with the public. Lori has two adult children, Justin and Jessica Kantor who have been both a source of support and unvarnished assessments of her work.