“Most of us will never write a great novel, but all of us will live one,” says Ralph Ventura, explaining why he photographs. “I do it to capture the novel of my life.” Born in Havana and raised in Chicago and Miami, Ralph Ventura is a fine-art and documentary photographer who has exhibited his work in the Museum of the City of New York, the Coral Gables Museum, various galleries throughout Miami and the Bakehouse Art Complex here he was a resident artist for three years and is now an associate artist.
Ventura’s works are intentionally focused. “I work in black and white,” he says. “With color photography you see a picture, but with black and white you see into the picture” it “captures the soul” of an image, he adds. Ventura’s works up until now have been mostly street and documentary style photography, many shot in New York and in Chicago. “I love New York and Chicago because they are pedestrian cities with photos waiting to be discovered around almost every corner.”
His more recent work, called PhotoNoir, is more abstract in style. PhotoNoir was part of a solo show at the TA Project Gallery in the Bird Road Art District in September. Four photos from the series will be on display again at the Del Castillo Art Studio through December during Art Basel as part of the Made In Miami exhibition by the Miami Photo Salon. The opening reception is November 28, 2015 at 7PM.
The studio is located at 2122 West 62nd Street in Hialeah. Selected photos are also available on his website: RalphVentura.com.