Brusovani was born in 1956 in Leningrad. In 1978 he graduated from
Leningrad University with the Master's degree. While studying there
he also completed a course in scientific photography. For the next
eight years under the influence of his elder brother, an artist,
he has been studying photo art in his home laboratory.
During the same period of time Nathan also taught Hebrew and was
active in Jewish cultural life. He participated in various underground
exhibitions in Moscow and Leningrad. While still in refusal he succeeded
in smuggling out some of the negatives of my works into the USA
and Israel and later the album of this works was published.
In 1987 Nathan received permission for emigration from Soviet Russia
and with his wife Hana and four children came to Israel where they
are living now.
In Israel Nathan participated in many exhibitions, among them the
personal exhibition in Jerusalem Theater in 1997.
As an artist, I am interested in capturing those elusive images
that dreams are made of. My works emerge out of a form of human
encounter and not a technical one. They are not photographic montages
that are assembled from constituent elements, but the whole image,
that includes number of layers, each of it aims to represent another
side of the objects, but never quite revealing their meaning.
My photo archive contains the seeds from which my images grow.
Before starting the computer manipulation, I ponder this archive,
seeking fresh and innovative juxtapositions that expand the possibilities
of the initial subject matter and surpasses the boundaries of ordinary
experience. It is my conviction that the whole process of image
creation, from camera shooting to darkroom or computer manipulation,
is capable of being, in the truest sense, a visual research lab
– a place for discovery, observation, and meditation. Ultimately,
my task is to amaze the watcher.
It is very important to me to maintain a continual open dialogue
with my materials and process; that I am constantly questioning
and in turn being questioned, otherwise the entire process becomes
a prescribed ritual that does not allow for spontaneous variations
and reactions and vitality of the medium and my relation to it suffers.
I aim to combat visual mediocrity and try to challenge the boundaries
of photography by exploring the darkroom or computer worlds of the
cameraless image, the negative sandwich, multiple printings, double
exposure, the expended tonal scale, etc.
My images are personal but I sincerely hope that they have significant
implications for others to inspire them to seek out their own "humanscapes".
The final result must be as if one theme shines through another,
acquiring fresh nuances while preserving and strengthening the traces
of its origin, causing everything to be more real, more alive than
in real life.
Copyright © 2004 Nathan Brusovani.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.