Aubrey J. Kauffman is a photographer living and working in New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Jersey City State College in Jersey City, NJ and has done post-graduate study at Philadelphia College of Art, now known as University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pa. He has taught photography at Mercer County Community College and Community College of Philadelphia.
Since 1980 he has worked as a videographer at New Jersey Public Television. He has covered the region shooting documentaries, news stories and current events.
He served as president of the Trenton Artists’ Workshop Association for ten years. While president of TAWA, he created and curated “Trenton Takes: 24 Hours in the City,” a photo-documentary project that featured the work of 29 photographers. They spent one 24-hour period photographing life in the city of Trenton. The resulting exhibit premiered at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, with an acommpanying catologue that was edited by Mr. Kauffman.
His work has almost exclusively dealt with interpreting the urban landscape. The architecture that is born of this landscape is one that he describes as being “clean yet sullen…. defined visually in its simplest form: walls where light plays, the texture of concrete and steel, the space an image occupies within the frame... I see these images as abstractions and take them out of context…”
In graduate school he started using a 4x5 view camera. The methodical nature of working with the large format camera captivated him. He admires many of the classic photographers like Ansel Adams, Robert Adams, George Tice and Walker Evans, and many of the more contemporary ones like Wendell White, Joshua Lutz, and Bill Perroneau. He considers Lewis Baltz's book, The new Industrial Parks near Irvine, California a major influence on his work.
Mr. Kauffman's work is included in the permanent collection of Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ and Johnson and Johnson's Corporate Headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ.
Aubrey Kauffman Website: www.aubreyjkauffman.com