“My life’s passion started in the summer of 1969 when I had the opportunity to see a portfolio of fine art photographs. In a brief moment I was mesmerized by their richness and beauty…it was in that moment that photography took a hold of me and I discovered what was to become my life’s work. To experience a magical moment when everything is just a perfect rare thing, but when it happens, to be there to capture it, experience it…to hold that moment forever in a photograph is what drives my life. Even today, over 40 years later, there is nothing I’d rather do than grab the cameras, get in the car, and go out and take photographs. My passion for photography is stronger than ever. Although I’d rather be in a field of horses than a room full of people, one of the greatest parts of being a photographer is sharing my love of the creative moment with others.”
Gregg Albracht started down the photography trail 30 years ago when he was inspired by some black-and-white images taken by another photographer. Many of his photographs are considered a window to the west – not the west of billboards and subdivisions – but a timeless place where human beings live in deep connection to the animals and the land.
“My photographs never look like the original scene,” he explains. “You try to work your magic in the dark room. You have to master technique in order to be able to come up with a print that expresses how you felt at the moment. You know when the moment has passed.” He’s not after a uniform look which would tie his photographs together, approaching each new image as if it’s the first he’s ever done. He experiments with a variety of toners and photographic papers which respond differently to different techniques in order to find the one which best sets the mood.
Albracht studied philosophy at Regis College in Denver. He has had more than 80 shows all over the west and has won more than 25 regional and national awards. His photographs are exhibited in museum collections throughout the country including collections in Montana, Santa Fe, Nebraska, and Washington, D.C.