Book Review


The Photographs of Roman Loranc
Poems by Robert Lax
Essay by Anthony Bannon


Rarely does a beautiful coffee-table book on photography rise to something much more. Roman Loranc, is a Polish borne artist who in 1984 immigrated to California and now resides near Mt. Shasta. His work resides in Bibliotheque Nationale de France, the George Eastman House in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the National Art Museum of China. He loves the Central Coast often seen with Kim and Gina Weston supporting local photography exhibits and The Weston Collective’s instruction and scholarship for young, aspiring Peninsula photographers.

In the gray morning
Surrendering to nature
Black and white emerge.
— Roman Loranc

TRACES is a life-long photographic exploration of tules and reeds from the marshlands and mountains of Poland to the wetlands of the Merced National Wildlife Refuge. While marshland reeds might at first seem too simply arcane or esoteric, Loranc’s work is exhilarating, blending real-life glimpses of nature’s simplicity in dance, geometry and music. The poems of Robert Lux are black and white mirrors for dozens of magical photographs.  Anthony Bannon, emeritus director of the George Eastman Museum, offers an essay that seamlessly merges the worlds of poetry and Loranc photography. This is not only a book for the coffeetable, it is a book for inspiration. Available at : a Collector’s Edition  is available with an original 11x14print featured in the book in a 13x17 archival mount board in a linen-bound art folio.

OIC Blog

February 23, 2015
Meredith Mullins

There is an empty canoe drifting in the Consumnes River in the Central Valley of California. It’s photographer Roman Loranc’s ride. His way of slipping gently into one of the landscapes he loves.

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Nov-Dec 2005
Number 61

Roman Loranc was born in Bielsko-Biala, a city in Southwestern Poland, in 1956. His parents thought that he should be a food processor, so he earned the equivalent of a Bachelor's Degree in food processing from a technical university in Poland. He worked in food processing, but was always drawn to photography.

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The Durango Telegraph

By Jules Masterjohn
May 11, 2006
Volume 5, No. 19

A mighty showing of delicate and forceful places, of mythic landscapes and abstract compositions, Loranc's pictures caress one's mind and heart with his affection for place. Sadly absent from the gallery walls is Vallee's poetry, yet these pictures speak her thousand words.

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