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Photographer Max Flatow

BENNINGTON >> "Terra Obscura: Images from the Road," a special exhibit by Brooklyn, N.Y., photographer Max Flatow featuring images from the American West to India, will be presented in Southern Vermont College's Burgdorff Gallery through Dec. 18. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends by arrangement with the Campus Safety Office.

Flatow, a 2006 graduate of the College, is a New York-based commercial photographer who often works in sync with the heartbeat of the city. Over the past decade, he has grown accustomed to creating and manipulating artificial light under tight deadlines--whether working amongst chefs in the kitchen or setting up a meticulously designed studio shoot. Though he flourishes under these high-paced conditions, Flatow approached this series, "Terra Obscura: Images from the Road" by slowing down.

Veering from his routine, Flatow approached this series by considering the fundamental aspects of photography itself. The literal root of photography stems from the Greek 'phos' meaning "light" and 'graph' meaning "drawing, or writing," together meaning "drawing with light." Flatow appears to take this literally, seeking only natural light and rejecting the strobes, cables, and endless lighting accessories that he has become accustomed to. He explores the richness of a fleeting moment found amongst the landscapes that inspire him the most, taking viewers on a journey from the Great American West to the southernmost regions of India and beyond.

Flatow is also known for his unique wedding photographs and commercial photography work including images for corporate reports and portraits of leaders and celebrities.


In 2006, Flatow received an individualized bachelor's degree in Cross Cultural Studies from Southern Vermont College.

Inquiries about the exhibit may be addressed to SVC's Professor and Art Director Greg Winterhalter at