“Photocomposing is the best way to describe what I do. It is very similar to what a music composer does in putting unrelated sounds into a coherent, harmonious and lucid piece. I assemble together my seemingly unrelated images, taken at different times, in distant parts of the world and create seamless compositions. I want all the elements to appear in the same space frozen in time.” -Ryszard Horowitz
Ryszard Horowitz is recognized and celebrated as a pioneer of special effects photography that predates digital imaging. Long before the availability of Photoshop and other digital imaging tools, Horowitz was creating complex, technically difficult photographic composites. He connects subjects in his imagery in a dream-like setting, one that never could appear in reality but one that perceptually the viewer wants to force to be real.
Ryszard Horowitz was born in Krakow, Poland on May 5th 1939. Four months later, the Nazis invaded his homeland. Ryszard and his entire family underwent separation and were forced into concentration camps. Miraculously, most of Ryszard’s family survived the horrors at the forced labor ghetto camps and concentration camps, including Auschwitz.They survived, in part, due to the help of Oskar Schindler. At the war’s end, five-year old Ryszard was reunited with his family. They were amongst the few Jewish families who were able to re-establish their lives in Krakow. Ryszard is one of the youngest known survivors of Auschwitz.