At Seton Gallery, May 7 - August 1, 2014
From the perspective of a lone fish staring back at the viewer through a coral reef to a girl wearing a leopard print jacket while observing a serval cat, Robert Rattner’s photographs draw a direct relationship between the observer and the observed. Look | See represents 30-years of the photographer’s career both nationally and internationally.
Rattner captures moments that explore physical boundaries, hopes, and desires. He isolates moments that are in flux, giving us the sense that if each shot were taken even a second later, the mood would have shifted.
Everyday objects become anthropomorphic, animals mimic human gestures, and humans become integrated and/or reactive of their environments. Rattner captures multiple angles. Sometimes we’re oriented in the water, other times on land, and at times looking up and beyond the scaffolding. He captures humorous, ironic, and romantic juxtapositions and suggests that all beings are related by their proximity to one another.
Robert Rattner currently teaches a range of Digital Photography and Photo Journalism courses in the Art & Design Department at the University of New Haven. His documentary, nature, and underwater images from more than 60 countries have appeared in hundreds of magazines worldwide including National Geographic, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, Audubon, The New York Times Magazine, Natural History, Der Stern, and Geo France. He was awarded the Marty Forscher Fellowship for humanistic documentary photography for his documentation of growing environmental threats. His widely published photograph of a manatee under a boat propeller was one of just 21 images selected for National Wildlife‘s “40 Years of Extraordinary Images.”
The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 the university enrolls approximately 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates.