Friday, February 6, 2015

Interview: Ted Preuss' Timeless Aesthetic

Photographer Ted Preuss' work has a timeless aesthetic. Although he has recently begun to shift from the figurative photography, for which he is known, into more landscape and seascape imagery, the goal is the same: to create simple, enduring, beautifully shot images in black and white that expose the natural elegance of the subject he is working with. He is acutely interested in lines and shapes present in the composition, regardless of whether the image is of a nude figure or the rocky terrain of a seaside cliff.

See the rest of the article here: ZIA Gallery

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Monovisions Magazine

Latest interview with Monovisions Black and White Photography Magazine!
Why do you work in black and white rather than color?
To me, color can be distracting. I feel black and white images have a timeless character to them with greater depth. Black and white process offers me more control over the results I’m looking for. To me shooting is just half the job of creating my art. It’s always a great thrill to see a print appear in the developer tray for the first time.

See the rest of the interview here:

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Exhibition: ZIA Gallery

Opening Reception
Saturday, January 24, 2015, 5 - 7pm

During this show I will be debuting selected pieces from my latest series "The Sea", together with my past works, including still-life tintypes and my Simple Beauty series.

Yosemite - 1917, Albert Augustus Jeaneret

Also on exhibit will be a few photographs by my great-grandfather from early 1900's which I printed from his original 4x5 negatives.

This will be an exciting show!

548 Chestnut | Winnetka | IL | 60093

Show runs from Jan. 24 – Feb.28, 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Rudolf Koppitz

Happy Birthday, Rudolf Koppitz!

Rudolf Koppitz (1884–1936) is amongst the most important Austrian photographers. He is much appreciated internationally for his unique way of blending Pictorialism and Art Deco.

Self-portrait, In the Bosom of Nature. 1923

Koppitz's nude self-portraits fascinated his contemporaries as much as they do viewers today. The photographs were taken high in the mountains of the Alps --with the assistance of his wife, Anna. Often symbolic, his images reflected the enthusiasm for nature that Koppitz nurtured throughout his life. - Wikipedia


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Sea

My latest series “The Sea is a project that’s been long looming in my mind. This series is unlike my others, but the philosophy is still the same. My idea is to keep it simplistic, and to capture the natural beauty of my subject with the sense of timelessness.

I could not say it better.

“My soul is full of longing
For the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.”
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Otter Cove, 2014 – 30” x 36”

Pacific Grove, 2014 – 36” x 28”

Swirl, 2014 – 10” x 8”

You can view more of the series at The Sea 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ruth Bernhard

Happy Birthday, Ruth Bernhard!
(October 14, 1905 – December 18, 2006)

Ruth Bernhard by Larry Colwell

"Each time I make a photograph I celebrate the life I love and the beauty I know and the happiness I have experienced. All my photographs are made like that responding to my intuition... After all these years, I am still motivated by the radiance that light creates when it transforms an object into something magical. What the eye sees is an illusion of what is real. The black-and-white image is yet another transformation. What exactly exists, we may never know."
...Ruth Bernhard 

Two Forms. Ruth Bernhard, 1963

Two Leaves. Ruth Bernhard, 1952

More about Ruth Bernhard’s life.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

ND Magazine Interview

Recent interview with ND Magazine.

ND: We can see your photographs mostly in black and white, why have you chosen to present them in this form?

The simple answer: I shoot with black and white film because I enjoy all the steps creating the final product. I love working in the darkroom with the smell of fixer in the air and thrill of seeing the image appear for the first time on the paper. It’s nearly as exciting as creating the image itself.

You can see more at 

Saturday, February 15, 2014


I recently had another wonderful opportunity to work with the talented Anastasia before she leaves the States to head back to Europe. It’s been fun to collaborate with her over the years. Here are just a few images from our recent shoot, including a wet-plate collodion tintype with Rebecca from the past.

Luminous - Platinum Palladium Print

Dreamer - Platinum Palladium Print

Discrete - Platinum Palladium Print

Cocoon - Platinum Palladium Print

Sleepers - 8x10 Tintype

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

River East Art Center

Thanks everyone that made it to this year’s Starlight Children’s Foundation art event and our holiday party a success! I had a wonderful time talking about my work plus it was great to see so many familiar faces…thanks again for the support! — Juliet Sender Artist's Gallery at the River East Arts Center. 

Exhibit should be up through January. 

Juliet Sender Artist's Gallery
445 East Illinois Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Monday, November 25, 2013

ZIA Gallery - Exhibition of Gallery Artists

Starting this Saturday, I will be exhibiting my hand-coated platinum images on skeleton Bodhi tree leaves with my collodion tintypes at ZIA Gallery during their exhibition of gallery artists.

Hope to see you there!

Opening Reception: 
Saturday, November 30th | 5-7pm
Show runs from Nov. 30th – Jan. 18th 2014

ZIA Gallery
548 Chestnut | Winnetka, IL | 60093 


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Exhibition: ZIA Gallery

Clyde Butcher and Ted Preuss
Classic Black and White Photography

The exhibition continues
through November 23, 2013

ZIA Gallery features stunning classic black and white work by two fine art photographers.

Clyde Butcher is noted for his large format silver gelatin prints of nature bringing attention to the wonders of untouched environment across the United States. He is the subject of several documentary films and is the recipient of numerous awards including several honors from the state of Florida and the Sierra Club.

Ted Preuss concentrates on sensual elegance of the female figure. Poetic interpretation of gesture along with acute attention to composition, light and form are central to his art form. The process of making his platinum palladium prints is as important to him as the practice of creating photographs. His photography has been featured in Zoom Magazine, Focus Magazine, Large Format Magazine and is collected worldwide.

Learn more about the photographers in an article by Shannon Gallagher on

ZIA Gallery is located 2 short blocks from the Winnetka Metra Station.

548 Chestnut St. 
Winnetka, Il 60093 
tel. 847-446-3970

Monday, October 14, 2013

Butcher and Preuss Analog Photography Masters

Latest article and interview by Shannon Gallagher

In this digital day and age, many photographic artists are staying true to the medium’s roots with traditional black and white film photography. Clyde Butcher and Ted Preuss are two such artists.

Click here to read the full article: ZIA Gallery

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Art of Human Rights

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights will present “The Art of Human Rights,” an invitational exhibition. Paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture created by fourteen hand-selected, established fine artists.

Gallery Opening
Friday, October 4th, 7pm-10pm

Palette & Chisel, Academy of Fine Arts
1012 N Dearborn Chicago, IL 60610


Tintype Demonstration
Sunday, October 6th, 11am-12:30pm
Ted Preuss will demonstrate how he creates his marvelous tintypes using a 19th century process. Wet-plate collodion is a captivating process with a mysterious allure. The chemicals seem to have interpretation all its own.

Additional Artist Demonstrations: 
Saturday, October 5th from 1pm-3pm and 
Sunday, October 6th from 11am-3pm at Palette & Chisel.

Midnight in Paris Party!
Friday, October 11th, 7pm-10pm
Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres
Tickets for this event are $125

Artist Demonstrations: 
Saturday, October 12th from 11am-3pm and 
Sunday, October 13th from 11am-3pm at Palette & Chisel.

Mission:  Heartland Alliance advances the human rights and responds to the human needs of endangered populations – particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced – through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society. Proceeds from The Art of Human Rights benefit the end of poverty.

The Art of Human Rights is an official event of Chicago Artists Month!