ROSSOCINABRO | Biography | Daphna Laszlo Katzor | Israel
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Daphna Laszlo Katzor 

Artist Statement

Most of my life, I have engaged in commercial photography as a fashion and portrait photographer for one of the leading Israeli newspapers, and later in the advertising-photography studio I established. I did not imagine that I would engage in art photography, but various dramatic changes in my life had evoked in me a powerful need to engage in photography for the purpose of expressing myself, and it was in this way that I entered this field.

My digital-art pieces are created by integrating the digital-photography technique with computer graphics. The works are composed of many layers of photographs. The photographs which appear in my works are taken both in my studio and in a natural environment, at times after planning beforehand and at times randomly. These are later incorporated into rooms, spaces, and graphic elements which I create using digital means. By employing different techniques in one piece, the details of the photographs which appear in it are endowed with a new meaning and a new reality composed of all the details which were joined together is created. My digital-art pieces are surrealistic; surrealism serves well the messages I seek to convey through my works.

In the creations, I integrate imaginative images of sublime nature with a cold, futuristic urban vista which is slowly taking hold of our world. I am preoccupied with the accelerated processes taking place in our world which affect the environment, the climate, and nature, as well as the future we would like to give our children. Through these works, I would like to have some influence on public opinion for the sake of creating a better future.

 

Relations series

My work explores change and growth in the contemporary female figure surrounded by a harsh and somewhat hallucinatory reality. The ideas and sensations upon which I base my work are taken from events in my personal life and my day-to-day environment. I use materials which I had gathered during my long-year career as a fashion and portrait photographer in the famous Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv and in the advertising field.

 

Childhood series

In the creations, I integrate imaginative images of sublime nature with a cold, futuristic urban vista which is slowly taking hold of our world. I am preoccupied with the accelerated processes taking place in our world which affect the environment, the climate, and nature, as well as the future we would like to give our children. Through these works, I would like to have some influence on public opinion for the sake of creating a better future.

My works depict a world taken over by technological development, which threatens to destroy the primordiality and beauty of nature, and in this process, people lose touch with nature and are rendered disconnected and distant. Technology takes over the human spirit. Children, mostly, who have not experienced and have not been exposed to the old world, without technology, are essentially born into this cold, estranged world and lack the happiness which nature bestows upon humanity. This reality creates distance and coldness between human beings. Nature promotes closeness, and technology creates a virtual closeness which is not actual.

 

Greek mythology series

The series is inspired by 6 scenes taken from stories of the Greek mythology, and are combined into a futuristic cold world. These pieces display the destruction of the ancient world with its beautiful and glorious architecture by new age technology and progress. By taking pastoral landscapes filled with architectural remnants of glorious ancient empires and contrasting them with tied up animals representing the mighty gods in all their glory, these scenes represent the changes between the ancient world and the reality we live in nowadays, in which the mighty nature is being trampled by technology and progress, threatening the existence of our beautiful planet and the legacy we leave for future generations.

 

Education:

Graduate of the photography department in The NB Haifa School of Design(1981-1984).

Professional photographer since (1984).

Orian College Tel Aviv, multimedia: processing computerized photographs and computer graphics(2000).

 

Commercial Photography

Fashion and portrait photographer in Ma’ariv newspaper(1983-1986).

Director of Studio Shoot, specializing in advertising and fashion photography(1986-2020).

Photography lecturer and teacher in groups, companies and organizations (2008-2020).

 

Photographic Process Techniques

Images are photographed with a digital camera in the studio or in other environments.

Digital images are processed, creating a work of art that is completely different from the original photograph images.

The Adobe Photoshop software is used for altering digital images and integrating varied photographed details.

 

“The works of Daphna Katzor turn a collection of professional photographs from the realms of advertising and journalistic documentary into a unique artistic creation of a different scale and emit fresh messages.” (Ma’ariv, May 2003)

 

“The works present an illusive reality of relationships combining reality and imagination, fantasy and the everyday.” (N. Levy, Tel Aviv University Museum)

 

"This is a very interesting collection of single images, and I have to admit that some are quite extraordinary. Your technical skills level is advanced, allowing you to produce very interesting digital art, that arrests the eye and educates the soul.

Speaking from a technical standpoint, your work combines elements of different fields but also different eras.

This particular feature gives your pictures a primordial feeling, that enhances the originality of the work. I like it a lot. I see great potential in this work,

My engagement with your work was an exciting and pleasant experience, and I am looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future. In a world flooded with photographs, it is important to make valuable work" (Lens Culture Awards & Grants Reviewer Feedback 2019).

 

Competitions and awards

Awarded the Sharet Foundation (America-Israel Cult-ural Fundation) Fine-Arts Scholarship for photography(1982-1983).

Awarded first prize in the international Primary Colors photography competition held by The Gala Awards (June 2015).

Chosen as finalist in the Landscape category and Alternative Processes category of the 8th edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award (2015), held by The Gala Awards.

Awarded second prize in the international 11th edition of the pollux awards alternative-processes photography competition held by The Gala Awards (march 2018).

Honorable mention in the 14th international competition of the Pollux Awards, in the Alternative Processes category, held by The British Gala Awards (December 2019).

 

Exhibitions

Tel Aviv University Museum – “Illusions”, solo exhibition of photographic works (November 2002).

Natanya Municipal Gallery – “Earth”, group exhibition, ceramic sculptures (December 2002).

Natanya Cultural Hall, The Hall Gallery – solo exhibition of photographic works and ceramic sculpture as part of the International Woman’s Week Activities (February 2003).

Ramat Gan, HaYahalom Theater – "On the Wings of Sculpting", ceramic and bronze sculptures (September 2005).

Bat Shlomo, Gallerina – "Portrait and Mask", group exhibition, ceramic sculptures (August 2007).

Paris, Atelier Z – "Les Artistes Israéliens", group exhibiton, photographic works, canvas print (May 2008).

Tel Aviv, Asia House – "The Israeli Artists", group exhibition, photographic works, canvas print (June 2008).

Jaffa, Amiad Centre – "She & He", group exhibition, photographic works and bronze sculptures (June 2008).

Bat Shlomo, Gallerina – "Ten Plus", group exhibition, clay sculptures (August 2009).

Doral, Florida, Museum of the Americas – "Women in the Arts 2010", group exhibition, photographic works (April-May 2010).

Berlin, Germany, Palazzo Italia – the 4th Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography, group exhibition, photographic works (October 2016), Daphna was selected to exhibit in the biennial after being awarded first prize in the international Primary Colors photography competition held by The Gala Awards, which holds juried competitions for photographers from all around the globe, among which are the Pollux Annual Award and the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for women photographers.

Songzhuang, Beijing, Czech China Contemporary Art Museum (CCCAM) – “Songzhuang Photo Biennale” (major part of 10th annual Songzhuang art festival), group exhibition, photographic works (September-October 2017).

Identities and Relationship Between Man, Society and Contemporary Cities, Itsliquid international contemporary art show, Venice, Italy (2020).

Awardees of the 14th international photography comp-etition of the Pollux Awards and the Julia Margaret Cameron Award, held by The British Gala Awards, Fotonostrum, Barcelona, Spain (2020).

 

Ceramic Sculpture

Sculpts in ceramics since 1990.

 

Work Techniques

Works are completely hand sculpted. § Generally, works are created from a mass of clay.

Occasionally, forms are created using the coil method.

Works are painted with engobe underglaze, terra sigallata and various glazes.

Sculptures are kiln fired.

 

“Anointed with a thin layer of surrealism, Daphna Katzor’s works juxtapose the world of dreams and fabrication with a clear, sharp message: The woman/girl standing alone faces the strong, dominant masculine world that desires her and exploits her for its ceremonies and needs...” (C. Givati, Director of Visual Arts, Natanya Cultural Hall)

Daphna Laszlo Katzor - Childhood

 

Childhood_Children with Moonflower

fine art print on paper

64 x 100 cm

2020

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