The Santa Monica Mountains run through the heart of Los Angeles.
My view joins that of the young boy who wrote then Mayor Tom Bradley:
“Dear Mr. Mayor, Don’t let them tear down the mountains, God isn’t making any more”
Donald Loze sold his ﬁrst photograph in 1954, the ﬁrst of a series of subsequently honored Spiral Staircases in black and white. He began experimenting with photography beginning at 11 years old in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Under the tutelage of his father and a Life Photographer, Harold Rubens, he ﬁrst learned the magic of the photographic process. After receiving a degree in Economics from Stanford University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California, and becoming a member of the Bar of the State of California, Mr. Loze continued exploring the world of images that captured his imagination. After corresponding with Ansel Adams, his ﬁrst instructor, studying with Edward G. Bernstein in New York and receiving guidance from Gordon Parks, he turned to exploring color to express his version of the theory of the equivalent articulated by Alfred Steglitz.
Inspired by the unique color Polaroid images of Marie Cosindas at the Museum of Modern Art in 1967, Mr. Loze developed his own approaches to color before being accepted for study under her tutelage nearly twenty years later. His works have been published in newspapers and periodicals on both coasts. He has exhibited in California galleries in various shows as well as at the Museum of Art Downtown Los Angeles, 777 Gallery, Jerry Miller Gallery, The Merage Gallery, Coif2 Gallery, The Jewish Museum San Francisco, and The Fogg Museum. His images are incorporated in private collections in New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco, London, Durham, North Carolina, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.