“What I seek to capture in my images is a feeling. The emotional experience of place and of time.” – Greg Essayan
Greg made his first photographs with a vintage Argus C3 camera given to him by his father nearly 50 years ago. A graduate of Yale where he majored in Art and History of Art earning his BA magna cum laude, Greg was privileged to have been mentored by some of the greatest photographers of the 20th century including Ansel Adams, Walker Evans and Irving Penn. During this period, Greg worked primarily in black and white using an 8×10 Deardorff view camera and did his printing in a “wet darkroom” sometimes using vintage printing methods. Greg’s iconic image “Anne, 1976” was acquired by the Yale University Art Gallery for its permanent collection in 1977, making Greg the youngest artist to have work in the gallery’s permanent collection at the time. Temporarily putting the life of an artist aside, Greg earned his Juris Doctorate and became a successful attorney and businessman in New York City. However, over the years photography remained his true passion and calling. Today, Greg creates stunning photographic pieces capturing the beauty and drama of our planet and even the universe beyond. He does whatever is required, travels to remote locations and often works under challenging conditions to realize his artistic vision. Some of Greg’s pieces require months of planning and preparation to execute. His breathtaking images of the heavens capture starlight that left distant suns aeons ago. In essence, these images are a time machine, a magical window into the distant past and across the vast expanse of light years, space and time. Through technical mastery and decades of experience, Greg pushes the limits of photographic imaging technology while at the same time remaining true to the traditions of classic photography. His beautiful atmospheric pieces celebrate light and color in a manner that evokes the great landscape painters of the late 19th century such as Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran.
Jeff Mitchum recently wrote the following about Greg and his work:
“Greg is a gifted artist who understands the soul of nature’s art and how to let her light paint for the camera. His creative process demonstrates that rare combination of technical brilliance, patience and creative vision that masters possess. Among the qualities I respect most in an artist’s work is originality and a unique and deliberate vision in their creative process. Greg’s work is both original and extremely compelling. As you contemplate his pieces, notice the subtle and delicate hand of an artist with a deep and intuitive feeling for beauty, who is in touch with his inner being, the camera and the spiritual. – Jeff Mitchum