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The Robert Koch Gallery is pleased to introduce the work of London-based photographer David Parker. Winner of a Best Landscape award for his 2001 monograph The Phenomenal World, Parker's monumental large-scale, toned gelatin silver prints investigate contemporary landscape through a dreamlike lens of calm lucidity.

David Parker's images expand upon the grand tradition of the Western landscape. Combining understated objectivity with an eye for primal grandeur, his work is informed by the early topographical masters of the medium and augmented by classical literature, mythology and recent developments in the genre. His panoramic landscape series "The Phenomenal World" is a personal vision that explores the metaphysical and mythological relationships between the individual and the environment. These sepia-toned landscapes, all of which are untitled and without localities, are full of textual richness and seductive tonalities. Landscape XIX, a sea of painterly washes and distinctly sculpted rock formations, is a lucid description of light, space and objects that suggest an abstract minimalism. Conceptually his work demonstrates contemporary photography's vital ability to affirm our physical and metaphysical interactions with the world around us.

Trained as both an engineer and a commercial illustrator, David Parker turned fully to photography in the early 1980s. His photographs, produced with custom-built panoramic cameras and processing equipment, bear witness to the artist's total command of vision and technique. He has enjoyed exhibitions in London and Zurich, and his work is included in many collections including Citibank, N.M. Rothschild & Sons, Goldman Sachs and the Syz Collection Geneva. His first monograph, Broken Images: The Figured Landscape of Nazca, was published by Cornerhouse in 1993. David Parker resides and works in England. This is his first solo exhibition in the United States.

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