Photographer Ryszard Horowitz has a mind as vibrant as a Bird-of-paradise. His images depict fantastic dreamscapes crisscrossed with symbolic imagery, ordinary objects in unusual proportions, and, sometimes, a modern skyscraper or two. His work seems like a nod at René Magritte or Salvador Dalí. He did, in fact, encounter Dalí while working as an assistant for Richard Avedon on the famous Dalí portrait session in 1963. Horowitz counts both painters as his influences and lists Avedon and Alexey Brodovitch as his mentors.

“Allegory,” (1992) by Ryszard Horowitz

Today, however, Horowitz is known as a specialist in the field of commercial photography, and has been recognized as a pioneer of special effects photography created prior to the introduction of digital technology. About computers, he has said:

“The computer for me is only a tool. Photographers working with traditional techniques shouldn’t be leery of digital imaging. I don’t think that traditional photography will disappear any time soon, yet everyone should follow new technologies. At the moment, it doesn’t matter if the technology used is traditional or not. The most important thing is the final product; what the given person has to say. It’s not the workshop alone nor is it the type of camera or lens used which decides, none of that matters.”

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“Zaczarowany królik,” (1992) by Ryszard Horowitz

“Waterscape,” (2006) by Ryszard Horowitz

“Lustrzana iluzja,” (2014) by Ryszard Horowitz

“Pearly Hand,” (1971) by Ryszard Horowitz

“Waterbird,” (1996) by Ryszard Horowitz

“Drukarnia,” (2012) by Ryszard Horowitz

“Jaclyn Smith,” (1973) by Ryszard Horowitz

“Birdshead,” (2006) by Ryszard Horowitz

“Appolonia,” (1985) by Ryszard Horowitz