David Beckley

David Beckley is a photographer whose interest lies in portraits, nudes, collage, and documentary photos of Auschwitz. When shooting portraits and nudes, Beckley works with long exposures; 30 seconds to five minutes, using a flashlight as the sole light source in a completely darkened room. This time frame allows him to slowly build the image. The photos are underexposed to varying degrees to bring out the graininess and pixellation, increasing the texture of the image. By utilizing these long exposures, Beckley is also able to move around the frame and to become physically involved with each photograph. This way of working also increases the element of chance; thus, the outcome is always a mystery.