The Photography of

Jack Welpott†

†1923-2007. Pedro Meyer of Zone Zero writes an appreciation.


Jack's daughter Jan has created an handsome WEB SITE is his honor

All the photographs and texts are copyrighted


On my darkroom door there is a sign that says, I've gone to find myself, if I get back before I return keep me here! I found that sign in the high country of Arizona and when I laid eyes on it I felt it was a true expression of my life in photography. It has always been a personal quest. A quest with an unknown destination. Photography fleshes out ones life, gives it meaning and direction. For that I am deeply grateful.

   I like the process. The way in which it holds together opposites: light and dark, beautiful and ugly, sublime and banal. To make a photograph as honestly as one can generates artifacts that bear witness to ones personal truth. I like the way it locks you into the moment, the eternal present. Sometimes there is the physical sensation of light. The world becomes luminous. You get a chance to unite with reality. I have come to realize that it is more than an act of monitoring the world. Sometimes I feel like I am penetrating a void to a parallel universe. Pretty mystical I suppose.

   Perhaps none of this is very useful in looking at my work. The only advice I can give was offered by Minor White, "Look at it not for what it is, but for what else it is."

Jack Welpott

Inverness CA.

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