I began making photographs in 1965. I had no training in photography or art, but by 1968, by familiarizing myself with some of the mysteries of those two disciplines, I had begun to make a few images which I felt partook of that particular magic that photography can, in certain circumstances, possess. Nothing since has come particularly easily, because when you are self-taught there are always meanderings, dead ends, false starts and a great deal of bumping into yourself in the night. Having pretty much invented myself, I have no one in particular to thank and no one but myself to blame. The advantage of such an approach, I suppose, is that you tend not to absorb too much of the dogma of teachers or tradition. One thing that I never learned to do—which seems to be a canon with many artists—is to stick to one identifiable personal style. Sorry. Stylistic continuity can be a virtue, but it can also be a straitjacket, something I've never worn comfortably. What I have come to realize is that art is not a destination, it’s a journey. The best I can hope for is that the viewer will travel along and indulge me as I point out a few things along the way.
Roger Bruhn studied Philosophy and English at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. His work has been included in numerous regional exhibitions and is in the permanent collections of the Sheldon Museum of Art, the Joslyn Art Museum and the Museum of Nebraska Art and the New Britain (CT) Museum of American Art, among others. In 1990, his book Dreams in Dry Places, a monograph containing 118 photographs of architecture, was published by the University of Nebraska Press. In addition to his own work, he is presently co-curating (with Sharon Kennedy) three large photographic shows at the Sheldon Museum of Art as well as organizing a city-wide PhotoFest in Lincoln, both opening in February 2009. In 2008 he received the Mayor's Arts Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement in the Visual Arts. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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