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Dominic C Ambrose
Staten Island, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: I use a mixture of artisanal and digital tools to create non-literal color photographs. I strive to make color a part of the artist's toolkit in photography the way it is in painting: personal, symbolic and lyrical, rather than factual, journalistic and literal. People are the main subjects of my images, and they are brought to the fore with creative color. The coloration of objects and backgrounds are determined by their function in the visual story, receding where necessary or brought to life with carnal color. I make symbolic sense where none existed before. The photography shown in this portfolio is all black & white analog photography that has been remastered digitally after being treated with chemical toners, studio oils and/or digital tools.
I am also interested in historical images, using glass negatives from the early years of photography, I restore and colorize them with digital tools.
As a writer and I touch on the same subjects, presenting real life themes in a somewhat skewered and personal landscape. My stories take place in a variety of landscapes, from Brooklyn to Romania.
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ARTIST RESUME:


Dominic Ambrose was born in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Besides NYC, he has lived in various countries over the years and pursued his artwork under different conditions. In the 1990s he lived in Romania for three years, which resulted in a large body of work depicting people throughout that country, as well as a novel focused on LGBT themes. He has also photographed extensively in Uzbekistan, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and elsewhere.

During the 1990s, he developed a technique of studio coloring, using toners and portrait studio oil paints. In recent years he has transferred that skill to digital coloring techniques. The photographs offered here are black and white photographs which have been hand colored, using a mixture of artisanal and digital tools. He prefers this to standard forms of color photography because this technique makes color a dynamic part of the artist’s tools, not only a transmitter of fact but also an interpreter of emotional involvement.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

Romanian Cultural Center in New York City
Ashawagh Hall in Easthampton, New York
Spiral Flight Gallery in Washington, D.C.

His work has been displayed at:
La Escuela Nacional de Artes Visuales in Santo Domingo, D.R.,
Gallerie du Fleuve, Paris, France.
and in various group shows throughout the NYC area.

LITERARY CREATIONS:

NOVELS (from Ferrandina Press):

Nickel Fare (2012)

The Shriek and the Rattle of Trains (2013)

Tzoquito, 2012

PHOTOGRAPHY:
N2 Uzbekistan (2014)

SHORT STORIES:

"Her Georgian Treasure," QUILL AND INK, Aug., 07

"A Little Trick Manette Taught Him," VAN GOGH'S EAR 7, Supernatural Issue, edited by Felice Picano, 2010

"Three Guys Diner," STANDARDS online magazine vol. viii no. 2

NON-FICTION:

“Weeksville Black and White,” 2013 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize Finalist

“The Darkness Within” (in translation: “Du fond de l’obscurité) INVERSES, no. 10

Editor, Making Rain, a memoir of drag, big hair and covens. (2015)

 








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