The Adirondacks

Looking at Farb’s photographs is like looking at nature for the first time. 
– Vince Alleti, Village Voice

Downright sublime… looking at them is like stepping from Kansas into the Land of Oz.
– Ken Johnson

Nathan’s unique 8″ x 10″ view camera images of the Adirondacks
are catalogued in three books published by Rizzoli:

The Russians

In 1977, Nathan travelled to the USSR under the auspices of the USIA. In addition to exhibiting his work, he made portraits of a cross section of the people of Novosibirsk with a view camera and a Polaroid back. These Polaroid photographs also had negatives which were carried out of the Soviet Union through a diplomatic pouch and became a book, The Russians, published in five countries.

See more of the portraits here.

Read about The Russians in the New York Times and Atlas Obscura.

Wende Gala invitation

“The Russians” in Los Angeles

 Wende: Museum of the Cold War
10808 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

Opening Gala
Saturday • November 18 • 7:30 pm

Community Open House
Sunday • November 19 • 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Free and open to the public. 

These people… they do command your attention; they come across as characters from Dostoyevsky and Chekhov stories.

– Edward Goldman, Huffington Post + NPR

Summer of Love

Nathan’s photographs of the East Village in the 1960s.
See a selection of the images in the New York Times.

Farb’s images lead you straight to deep time  – John Yau, Art News

The Galapagos

Nathan’s Galapagos photographs were published in books by Rizzoli, Disney, and the New York Times Magazine.

Incredible, breathtaking views of locations that few of us will ever see.
– Fred McDurrah, Photo District News

Romania 1969

The naive desire to explore what my life might have been like if my grandfather had not left Romania led me to travel there in 1969.

Nathan Farb captures the multiple essences of The Adirondacks as luminously as the best of nineteenth century landscape painters.

– Tom Hoving

:: Bio

Searching for both his past and future, Nathan Farb bought his first camera and started shooting on the streets of NYC’s Lower East Side in 1966. This work was presented as “The Other Summer of Love,” in “Lens”, the NY Times’ photography blog this past August.

In 1971 his political multimedia work “Lockport” was shown at The Public Theater to critical acclaim and a cult following.  Farb was then asked to create a photography/multimedia program in the experimental Art and Music Department at Livingston College,  Rutgers University where he taught until 1979.

In 1977 The United States Information Agency sent Farb on a cultural exchange to the USSR.  In Novosibirsk,  Siberia he used a 4’’x 5” view camera with a Polaroid back and brought out of the Soviet Union a revealing set of portraits of that society. Magazines throughout Europe published these images and a book of 100 portraits was published in Germany, France, Italy, Holland and the United States. The NY Times magazine published 12 of those portraits and a 50” x 70” print of “The Party Chiefs” from that series was acquired by MoMa and hung at the museum for many years.

In 1981 Farb returned to his childhood home in the Adirondack mountains to recharge himself by spending a lot of time in the woods.   Over the next 20 years he produced 3 books published by Rizzoli cataloguing many of his finest 8”x10” negatives. That work has been excerpted by close to 100 magazines including The NY Times magazine. That publication then sent him to document the Exxon oil spill and the Yellowstone Fires and to the Galapagos Islands twice.

Nathan Farb has been given honorary Doctor of Arts degrees by St Lawrence University and The State University of New York. He is currently working on multimedia pieces about the transcendental connection between the natural world and our spiritual existence.

:: Selected Exhibition

MoMA, The National Gallery of Art, The Smithsonian, The International Center of Photography, New York Public Library, The Public Theater, The Museum of the State of New York Rockefeller Collection, The Corcoran Gallery, Le Bibliotheque National (Paris),  Lake Placid Center for the Arts and many corporate, university and private collections including those of Mario and Matilda Cuomo, and Senator Daniel Patrick Moynahan. Nathan’s work has been exhibited at many European Museums and featured on network TV.

:: Publications

  • The Russians published in Germany (Dumont Buchverlag), France, Holland, Italy and the United States
  • The Adirondacks (all the following published by Rizzoli, USA)
  • 100 Views of the Adirondacks
  • Adirondack Wilderness
  • The Galapagos Islands

It is totally fabulous when you do something you love doing, and people love it and benefit from it also. I think that is the core, and if you are lucky enough to find a spot in the ethos where those things line up even once in your life, you should get down and kiss the ground.

– Nathan Farb

Recent Press about Nathan Farb

:: 2018
part 1 (Russian) Photographer Nathan Farb on how he came to the USSR in the 1970s 5 Sept 2018
Medusa part 2 (Russian) Shooting with Nathan Farb 40 Years Ago 5 Sept 2018

Nathan Farb Studios

PO Box #112
Jay, NY 12941