For more than two decades, Brad Cole has addressed the mystery of human presence in photographs and films utilizing a visual vocabulary that is cinematic and musical, constantly moving and simultaneously quiescent. Cole's imagery escapes time and appearances in order to delve beneath surface experience and engage the observer at core levels of dream and myth.

Primarily using an early-1900s 5"x7" view camera, Cole is a master of the darkroom and hand-crafts silver-based prints of exquisitely rich and seductive tonalities. This traditional approach also provides a base for film, sound and other works. Cole sometimes employs books, motion picture cameras, and slide/dissolve projections, that advance his lyric images into epic sequences. Work in one medium supports inventiveness in another, and such interplay releases metaphorical potentials that Cole describes as "latent sequences—paths that emerge following a visual structure that begins to form as the original images are made."

Born in Los Angeles in 1957, Cole is largely self-taught in all media. He has lived and worked on the Monterey Peninsula for more than thirty years and completed his first large-scale prints in the darkroom of Ansel Adams. Cole credits this life at the edge of the ocean as his primal resource. His various projects expand beyond subject matter to an awareness of the spiritual elements that interconnect life and art. Particular influences include mythologist Joseph Campbell, filmmaker Andrey Tarkovsky, photographers Wynn Bullock, Minor White, and Timothy O'Sullivan. In 2001, Cole was named Artist of the Year by the Center for Photographic Art.

Special thanks to my friend Kathleen Barrows for her support and encouragement over the years.

Thanks also to John Dotson, Robert Rich, Ken Gregg.

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Permanent Collections:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris

San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts, CA

Monterey Museum of Art, CA

Nanao Museum of Art, Nanao, Japan

Di Rosa Collection, San Francisco

Select Solo Exhibitions:

Weston Gallery, Carmel, CA
Iceland ~ Islandia, 2002

Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
Last Dream, 1997

Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey
Another Room, 1993–1994

Select Group Exhibitions:

Nanao Museum of Art 2004

Los Angeles County Museum of Art—group exhibition annex to Ansel Adams at 100, 2003

Los Angeles County Museum of Art—New Acquisitions / New Work / New Directions, 2002

Friends of Photography at the Ansel Adams Center, San Francisco, CA, traveling to Long Beach, and Santa Barbara—Beyond Boundaries: Contemporary Photography in California, 2001

San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA The Image Of Water In Contemporary Art, 1998


Center Award, Center for Photographic Art, 2003

Artist of the Year, Center for Photographic Art, 1997

Monterey Museum of Art, juried exhibition, 1989


AG journal of photographic art and practice, 2003
Oceans, Rizzoli press, 2002
Artweek, reviews—Iceland/Islandia, 2002
Photo Techniques, June 2002
Black and White Magazine, March 2000
Center for Photographic Art, Fine Print, 2000
View Camera, 1999
Artweek, reviews—Last Dream, 1998
Monterey Peninsula Guide, 1997
Center for Photographic Art, Last Dream, 1997
Center for Photographic Art, Fine Print, 1995
Monterey Museum of Art, Another Room,1994
Bon Appetit, March 1994
Monterey Museum of Art, newsletter, Sept 1993
Monterey County Herald, Another Room, 1993
View Camera, 1988
New Exposure, 1987

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