David Hochbaum (b. 1972) left his New York home in 1990 for Boston ‘s School of the Museum of Fine Arts where he studied photography, painting and sculpture. In 1995, he returned to New York and began showing locally immediately. In the following 2 decades, Hochbaum’s work has been exhibited at galleries and museums in Germany, Italy, Japan, France, Denmark, UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Chile and in venues across the United States. Dedicated to the idea of community, Hochbaum strives to work collectively with artists from all genres and backgrounds. Besides being actively involved with collaborative ensembles, he has hosted critique salons, offered free workshops for artists at his studio and helps to create projects for artists, which raise money and interest in their work. David moved his studio to Somerville, Massachusetts in 2015 where he currently lives.
Hocbaum is a multidisciplinary artist with a wide range of technique. His love for process brings together traditional darkroom photography with painting, printmaking and collage to create a textured tableau layered with color, text and imagery. His dedication to the unique print persists with his digitally produced images incorporating hand coloring, inscribed text, homemade encaustic and custom built frames which insure that every piece becomes a one of a kind. His sculptures are an extension of his imagery bringing his vision to a furthered textural dimension. His passion for construction and experimentation keeps his work spontaneous while solidly planted within his unique voice.
Hochbaum’s output is centered on the power of myth and memory. But to understand his work, one must understand that the myths he explores have little to do with the gods and monsters of antiquity. Hochbaum incorporates the ideas, ideologies and iconography of his vivid dreams and recollections with the lives seen on the streets to create a new mythology. These visceral stories attempt to explain visually the unknown elements and intricacies of modern life. It is the desire to communicate the lessons of this mythos with all of humanity in a common, unmistakable tongue which drives Hochbaum’s efforts, but it is the exposure of his inner demons and personal struggles that transform paint, photography and sculpture into catalysts for change and understanding.
The Polaroid 20 x 24 large format camera was first developed in 1973 to help demonstrate the quality of Polacolor II Film. Polaroid was about to release a professional color film in 8×10 format.
In 1977 and 1978, Polaroid’s metal and wood working shops built 5 cameras under the direction of John McCann of Vison Research.
Polaroid built a studio on Ames Street in Cambridge, MA. This studio contained two studios and a gallery to exhibit the images. Initially, they invited a number of select photographers to experiment with the cameras, in exchange for donating images to the Polaroid Collection. Polaroid also used a process camera version to copy paintings in the 40×80 studio at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Cameras were also sent to Amsterdam and Tokyo.
There is one camera in New York City. It is at our studio at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The second is at 20×24 Studio West in San Francisco. The third is owned by Elsa Dorfman and is in Cambridge, MA. The fourth is owned by Jan Hnizdo in Prague, Czech Republic. The fifth is being operated by Impossible Project in the Netherlands. A sixth camera, one of the original five is now in the Harvard Museum of Scientific Instruments. The 20×24 Studio West camera is not one of the original five, but rather an earlier prototype with a new front end built by Wisner Manufacturing and customized by Mammoth Camera.
The 20×24 camera is a traditional view camera, but has hybrid characteristics of a rail camera and field camera. It weighs 235 pounds and sits on a rectangular frame on wheels that supports a two-column studio stand.
The images that were created by David Hochbaum were made on one of the original 5, thecamera that is currently in the Netherlands for Impossible Project who are working on re-creating the now discontinued Polaroid formula.The camera was loaned to David in February 2011 by the owners in New York City for one month before it was shipped overseas.