By Paula Tognarelli
Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA
"Brian Alterio’s successful photography career was put on hold due to circumstances that required him to move back to the US from the UK after an eight year term as a successful photo journalist in London.
Upon his return, Mr Alterio began working at the forefront of the digital photographic imaging technology movement much before the general public was aware of it's impending and profound effect it would eventually have on the photographic community at large. As a digital pioneer, Mr Alterio helped shape the imaging processes that we have come to take for granted today.
One could say that Mr Alterio’s examination of the flower and human form speaks to his realization of the inevitability of life’s cyclic twists and turns. We all look back to canvass our experiences and accomplishments over our lifetime. We examine the road we choose and have regrets. It is the fortunate artist who finds his way back to the respite and sanctuary of making art.
There is elegance and grace to how a flower shares a gesture with the human body. Clasped hands mimic flowers that seek the sun. Flowers and the body share other tenets as well. A leaf, like skin, is in charge of water loss and the exchange of carbon dioxide. Stems, like legs and torsos, provide a solid stance. Roots can be likened to human veins that carry nutrients, oxygen and energy, and any fourth grader can tell the story of the stamen and pistil."
There is some irony though behind Mr Alterio’s photographs. His in depth technical photography skills gave him the stepping stone of a master printer. It is his years spent as a digital scientist, coupled with his poetic soul, of course, that make his photographs so rich and provocative. Color, density, tonal gradation, highlights, mid-tones and shadow detail are all innate concepts for him. Mr Alterio wrote the book on digital screening algorithms for the output devices that print his work. His black and white archival pigment prints are exquisite.
Thank you Brian!