David Muench. Nature's America.


David Muench has photographed the landscape in all its grandeur for half a century. Traveling the U.S. since early childhood with his father, renown photographer Josef Muench, there was never another way of life for him. His 4 x 5 large format camera is as much a part of him as his innovative eye. He has lately been experimenting with digital cameras as a result of his work photographing World Heritage Sites for UNESCO and Panasonic. For him, every photograph is a journey in perception, an exploration in seeing.


Inventor of original and oft-imitated approaches to the landscape, Muench brings his own idea of geography into both his spectacular color and black and white images. For him, the craft and the art of photography are paramount, yet nothing is more important than presenting his beloved wilderness to viewers so that they might be moved to act on its behalf. For him, all of nature is a context, each tiny element of critical importance to the magnificence of the whole. It is this connectedness he seeks, an idea he presents in the book, Plateau Light.
“When photographing, I tune in to the natural rhythms and pulse of the land . . . to communicate and champion the stark beauty that is nature – its wildness, its opposites . . .” As James Lawrence wrote in the text for Plateau Light, “Muench’s international reputation derives from an unflinching embrace of nature’s nuances. He engages the primal landscape across all the human fronts: as thinker, dreamer, seeker, lover, lifelong friend.”
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