David Arky is not just an artist for art’s sake. To him, photography is a calling in which the final image is designed to achieve an end. Since his start, he’s seen photography as a kind of visual language, crafted in specific ways to solve specific challenges. Having studied photography at the Art Center College of Design and Rochester Institute of Technology, he now shares his passion with students at the International Center for Photography, where he has taught since 2001.


Creative Quarterly Review (Winner 2013 & 2011) - Foley Gallery, Analog vs Digital - PDN / Objects of Desire Contest Winner  - Society of Illustrators Award


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The use of x-ray images and computers are tools for realizing David Arky's vision as an artist with an interest in Sciences of the natural world. Photography and the x-ray process both explore ideas of exposure of nature. An inner life is uncovered in the nature of x-ray photography and in the actions of the subjects. Static props from everyday life become animated and humanized with recognizable personas. Stories of the world and of nature become the nonsensical and yet unthreatening in the natural world and thus become deeply familiar. The drama of x-ray photography and particularly the sense that the viewers are left with theopportunity to allow their imaginations to wander and fill in the voids that color x-ray images seem to complete. The transparent-ness of the x-ray process allowed me to bring in added depth to the images. It also allowed me to add the language of my interest of how one sees sciences and art merge, while keeping some mystery about who we are in a world bound by sciences.

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