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Ralph Nelson

"Photography is not just my profession--it's a labor of love and my way of connecting myself to the magic and mystery that surrounds us at all times."

Following his successful career as a still photographer in motion pictures, Ralph Nelson turned his camera to one of his early loves--nature. His first project, which resulted in the book BOTANICA: iPhone Photos, was created using the simplest of cameras--an iPhone.

Unlike Nelson's work in motion pictures, the Botanica series was photographed entirely with an iPhone, using no additional equipment or accessories. Other than the digital equivalent of traditional darkroom techniques, no filters or other digital manipulations were used.

Ralph Nelson attended the Art Center School in Los Angeles, CA. He started working as a freelance photographer, and his early work appeared in most major domestic and international news and entertainment magazines. He was the first staff photographer for the American Broadcasting Company, later moving to a career as a still photographer in motion pictures. Books on a number of movies are illustrated solely with his photos.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Publicists Guild Award for Excellence in Still Photography, Hollywood, CA, Hollywood, CA, 2005
Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Camera Operators, Hollywood, CA, Hollywood, CA, 2009
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, Rochester, NY, 2011
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA, 2010
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara, CA, 2009