Fine Landscape Photographer


Five years ago, Gary's 30-plus year career as an award winning corporate graphic designer and acclaimed, internationally collected, fine-art landscape photographer seemed at its end, the result of a rare inherited pigment dispersion glaucoma. Today, with just a fraction of peripheral eyesight, his deep love of nature drives him to adapt against all odds as he continues to refine his photographic art and engage a new conversation called "Journey Into Blindness"

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Blind photographer, Pulitzer winner collaborate for a Casey Eye Institute exhibit.

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Blind photographer, Pulitzer winner collaborate for a Casey Eye Institute exhibit

Katy Muldoon | kmuldoon@oregonian.comBy Katy Muldoon | 
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on April 24, 2013 at 2:40 PM, updated April 24, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Metolius2.jpgView full sizePhotographer Gary Albertson describes the Metolius River as "a sweet, old grandmother that whispers a new lesson every day."
CAMP SHERMAN -- At the edge of the river that always calls him, Gary Albertson pauses before unpacking his camera gear.
He tilts his face toward mid-April's laboring sun and seems to drink in details: the cloudless sky; the butterscotch-hued bark of Ponderosa pines; grass pushing up between pockets of snow; a kingfisher's rattling call; a butterfly's shadow; the rapids and eddies of that gin-clear Central Oregon gem, the Metolius River.

"I have a ravenous desire to share," says the 64-year-old landscape photographer, "because I'm seeing something big."
He means that in the physical sense and philosophically, and so, beginning today in an unlikely art gallery, he will share. His landscapes and photojournalist Jay Mather's images of Albertson at work will grace the lobby walls at OHSU Casey Eye Institutethrough May. They call the exhibit "A Photographic Journey Into Blindness."
Albertson was at OHSU Hospital for a kidney transplant in 1996, when doctors diagnosed his pigment dispersion glaucoma, a rare, incurable, hereditary eye disease. His sight began to fail in 2001 and by 2010, he was legally blind.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

OHSU Casey Eye Institute Exhibit - press release.

OHSU Casey Eye Institute photography exhibit, A Photographic Journey into Blindness, features works from two award-winning photographers

04/16/13  Portland, Ore.


An upcoming photo exhibit at the Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health & Science University will feature the parallel works of two award-winning photographers that serve to inspire and reveal the persistence and clarity one man has gained through vision loss.
Gary Albertson, internationally acclaimed fine landscape photographer, finds the world coming into focus as he loses his sight. Legally blind since 2010 with a rare form of glaucoma, Albertson has invented his own adaptive tools to stretch the limits of his remaining vision; his seasoned hands skillfully manipulate the instruments of his large-format 4 x 5 view camera with heightened senses and renewed intention. Albertson’s new portraits of nature are more intimate, often depicting new growth from old, almost as a testimony to his own rebirth of spirit. Jay Mather, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, provides witness to this journey from sight to insight with candid images of Albertson at work. Mather takes us down the trail as Albertson deftly navigates the banks of Central Oregon’s Metolius River.
Hear the artists’ stories in their own words and see Albertson demonstrate his photography method at the exhibit opening reception.