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bio |  randy luckey was born in stroudsburg, pennsylvania. his father owned several movie theatres where, it is believed, he acquired his visual acuity and a love for fantasy. early on, he became fascinated with the idea of 'making something out of nothing'.  he now attributes this to growing up in the dark of a movie house.

moving to phoenix, the passion for music struck him early. taking up the piano, the seeds were planted in what garnered him a bachelor's degree in music composition from arizona state university. influenced by the 'british invasion' and the progressive rock movement, they would become his musical roots. together, the film influences aside the nueva musica from the late sixties & early seventies, randy formed a visual style of composing spanning a variety of styles.

as the progressive music of the time used synthesizers to create new sounds and aural landscapes, the new tools of digital imaging have changed photogrpahy and imaging forever. images that could only have been rendered via paint brush in years gone by are now in the hands of everyone. of no small note is that the similarities between music and photography are many. tones, shades, structure, color, balance, contrast, composition.... all are vital elements in the two crafts.

the surreal aspect of photography was 'almost happenstance', randy has stated. "merely making images that i wanted to see... it turns out someone else wanted to see them as well."

and someone did.

"i recieved an emai from an english author who was writing a book on surreal imaging. he asked to use three pieces that i had posted in my etcetera gallery on 1220. humorously, a reviewer in the book compared me to rene magritte... that was nice to hear though it struck me as a bite oddish"

in every way, that was the impetus for carrying things forward and into what would turn out to be 'the city series'.

a body of work reveals different hues, scope, and directions. 'the city series'  slowly came into focus by way of three distinct themes presented in as many galleries. 

the real - the unreal - the surreal

these galleries are woven together by one recurring character that travels through and around a variety of places, spaces, and times.  he is the man.

the city series started some years back upon making a photo of a friend gazing upon a painting at the phoenix art museum. removing the viewer from the image, he was digitally altered and juxtaposed aside several complimentary framed objects and a new background. several of these early efforts were published in ian probert's 'surreal digital photography'.

a turning point came some time later as another colleague was photographed before a large abstract painting (see crop at right). this photo has proven to be the catalyst for the city series as the man (as he has come to be known) is the only constant in the collection. traveling through odd times and different worlds, the man can do little more than witness the goings-on.. be it of his world or another. 

from san francisco to berlin, images of and in museums (& their visitors) have been made. these photos are then manipulated and juxtaposed in such a  manner that a 'new' museum is made. one that is unlike any other.