A 19th Century Antiquarian Studio

Robert Dutruch discovered the art of creating images in 1977 upon completing his undergraduate degree and graduate work in the healthcare sciences in New Orleans. Dutruch soon discovered a passion and fascination with the world of light and shadows. His early images captured the sensitivity and emotion of his subjects in a way that was attuned, creative and unique.  In 1985, following a successful career as a fine art photographer in New Orleans, Dutruch decided to pursue the commercial aspect of photography in New York.  As a studio apprentice to the world famous master of still life and special effects, Hashi, Dutruch soon worked his way up to studio manager before deciding to pursue his true passion, portraiture.  He spent a year as the studio manager for Jack Rezniki before venturing out to open his own studio in New York's SoHo district. Over the years Dutruch has amassed an impressive national client listing including CitiBank, Coco-Cola, Xerox, Bloomingdale's, James-Rivers, Jacobson's of Palm Beach, Goddess Perfume, Radiofone, Art and Antiques Magazine, and Newcomb College.

But Dutruch's primary passion was always his fine art images.  He now works primarily with 8x10 large format view cameras and 19th century brass lenses to record his images. He has exhibited his work in numerous exhibitions and venues including the International Center for Photography and the prestigious Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, in addition to numerous commercial galleries.  He recently received the Award of Artistic Merit at the 50th annual Sumer Show Exhibition and the Juror’s Choice Award at Art Melt, the largest juried art exhibition in Louisiana.  His work was included in the Historic New Orleans Collections important exhibition of Seldom Seen Portraits from Private Collections. He has also been honored as the featured artist of the month for the New Orleans Art Review for his sensitive and provoking study of the homeless inhabitants of Julia Row.

Following his recent studies with master printmaker Don Messec at Boyfish Press in Santa Fe, and Mark Osterman, Photographic Process Historian at the George Eastman House and Museum, Dutruch is now working exclusively in some of the mediums earliest historical processes... wet plate collodion ambrotypes, platinum/palladium printing, and intaglio heliogravures.



Lost Hills Atelier            Dutruch Studio            Lost Hills Studio

​Wet Plate Collodion Ambrotypes     Heliogravures     Platinum Palladium Printing

10 in x 14 in intaglio heliogravure on Hahnemühle Copperplate                                                                   Entrepôt Distric, la Nouvelle-Orléans 

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