|Lou Montrose was born in London, grew up in New York City, and has lived in southern California for many years. His engagement as a visual artist springs from a passion for creating and viewing images that began in childhood. During a successful academic career in the humanities, he also wrote and taught about the history and cultural power of images. He now pursues his calling as a photographer full time. |
He works in a number of photographic genres, including cityscape and street photography, environmental portrait and travel photography, and night photography. As someone with a compelling interest in the power of photography to capture the vibrancy and diversity of human cultures, he values color as an essential expressive and communicative medium. At the same time, he remains deeply drawn to the formal power and tonal richness of black and white photography, and to the challenge of creating strong black and white images through digital capture and digital inkjet printing.
His photography has been published in Lenswork, B&W, COLOR, and other fine art photography publications; and featured in Lonely Planet Traveller, Conde Nast Traveller, Digital Camera, Art and Design (Beijing) and other magazines. His work has been exhibited in London, Paris, Madrid, Copenhagen and Buenos Aires, as well as in California, Colorado, and Ohio. He received the 2010 Pollux Award and was named Professional Photographer of the Year by the WPGA; and was named 2011Travel Photographer of the Year by TPOTY in London.