April – May, 2004
Glenn Rudolph’s large-scale color photographs act as stories, chronicling the Northwest; its changing landscapes, its community events, and its people. Through a creative and artistic approach, his work investigates the complexity and contrasts of contemporary life. The images capture a world situated between beauty and something less. They are in a sense short stories.
Rudolph documents the changing western frontier; the forgotten railroad line and vanishing hobo culture, disappearing farmland engulfed by suburban sprawl and industry, and the people and cultures affected by this shifting ground. His portraits and landscapes transform overcast skies to reveal the subtle beauty found in everyday occurrences. As a storyteller, Rudolph provides us with evidence that unfolds, imbuing his subjects with simple yet deeply meaningful life and personality. Characters, whom most would see as living on the margins of society, are through his lens shown to us as full of sentiment. It is through their gesture, nuance and humor that Rudolph’s subjects come to life.
Glenn Rudolph’s photographs can be seen in the exhibition “Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast and Contemporary Art” currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and in other public collections.