About Lynn Radeka
Excerpt from an article written by author Roseanne de Leon:
Lynn Radeka has traveled and photographed the American landscape extensively since the late 1960’s, making the nation’s West and Southwest his forte. In the early 1970's, he had the fortuitous opportunity to have his early work critiqued and encouraged by four of his inspirational models, legendary photographers Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Henry Gilpin and Al Weber.
Radeka’s photographic images, both color and Black and White, have been showcased in a variety of media. In the early 1990’s, he had five distinguished full-color books published: Ghost Towns of the Old West, Historic Towns of America, Forts and Battlefields of the Old West, Legendary Towns of the Old West and Great American Hotels. One of his recent projects includes the printing of the photographs for the black and white book Master of Light: Ansel Adams and His Influences, published by Smithmark. The At-A-Glance/Landmark calendar Radeka-The American West featured many of his finest black and white landscapes and details of the American West. His work and technical writings have appeared in other publications as well, including the book Way Beyond Monochrome (Lambrecht and Woodhouse).
Lynn Radeka's photographs have been published as fine art duotone posters for Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Death Valley, Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks. In addition, his photographic expertise has been shared in numerous technical articles published in major magazines including the book Contrast Masking Kit. His original prints can be found in several private, corporate and museum collections as well as galleries and internet sites.
"My photographs portray my personal response to natural and architectural subjects and to me seem to convey a Kubrickian, often formal quality." This self-assessment reveals the essence of a Radeka photograph. His quintessential expression is through black and white photography which to him reveals the "soul" of the subject.
A true craftsman of the lens, Radeka blends traditional styles with contemporary techniques. Since the mid 1970's, he has been utilizing a variety of elaborate pin-registered contrast masks, including shadow masks, highlight masks and specifically designed combinations of both. In the late 1980's, he also adopted the extensive use of very effective shadow-contrast-increase masks (SCIMs) in order to coax amazing variations of contrast in localized areas of the image. Varied combination toning, localized print "bleaching" and specialized paper selection are but a few of the other fine-tuned elements that go into the making of a uniquely original black and white Radeka photograph.
General bio of Lynn Radeka:
Lynn Radeka’s professional photography career spans more than forty-five years. Influenced in his early work by Ansel Adams and Wynn Bullock, he continues to pursue a technical and aesthetic mastery of the medium of photography, both color and black and white. His love of the grand landscapes and intimate details of the American West was born on his first trip to Death Valley in 1966. To this day Lynn's love of his favorite places such as Death Valley, Canyonlands, the North Cascades and Ghost Towns of the American West continue to be prime subjects for photography and exploration.
Progrey filters and filter holders are among the high quality tools he uses in his work, whether he is shooting 4x5 film with a large format view camera or high resolution digital with his Sony A7R and prime lenses.