CameraWork Gallery Presents

Skeleton in the Closet
~including new work not previously shown~

Photographs by Fritz Liedtke

February 23-March 21, 2008

Join us for the Artist’s Reception:
Friday, February 29, 2008, 7 – 9 pm.

Peterson Hall, Lower Level
2255 NW Northrup St
Portland Oregon

9-5 M-F
1-5 Sat

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  • February 28, 2008 - 12:53 am

    Briana - Hey, I think Jenn and I are going to go to this on Friday. Jenn hasn’t met Shannon yet so I hope she’s coming! It will be interesting to see everything.

  • March 5, 2008 - 2:08 pm

    Douglas Bienert - i am looking forward to finally viewing your show!

My friend Gali, a student at Lincoln High School, is in charge of the National Eating Disorder Awareness Week events at her school. She’s so full of energy and organization and ideas, she’s hard to keep up with.

As part of her and her committee’s program this week, they asked me to display 8 images from my series Skeleton in the Closet. So if you happen to be there this week, take a look!

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I’ve worked today at updating portions of my website with newer imagery. I’m especially pleased with a new little slideshow highlighting some of my commercial photography. I’m never sure what category to put my work in; the labels are not terribly clear to me. Do I call it Editorial Photography? Magazine work? Documentary? Travel Photographer? Commercial? Lifestyle Photographs? Whatever they are, I hope they don’t put you to sleep.

Maybe I should just say: Fritz Liedtke: Editravelifesdocumercial Photographer based in Portland, Oregon. Have eyes, will travel.

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  • February 17, 2008 - 10:53 am

    Anonymous - Thanks for the e-mail with the updated portfolio. Your pictures are BEAUTIFUL! I wish I had met you before my wedding last summer…I would have loved for you to photograph us while we were in Oregon.

  • February 19, 2008 - 2:46 pm

    Evrim - I have the same problem when it comes to certain images. Titles are sometimes so meaningless.

More often than not, when I take a photograph, I have a pretty good idea of what I want the final product to look like. But sometimes, it’s fun to fiddle around in Lightroom and Photoshop, and see what I can come up with. Some images are like blank canvases, and I can usually find a look that seems appropriate for the image, that fits the person or composition well or best.

Sometimes it’s hard to choose, though. Today I made this image, a fairly simple shot of Brandy, that took all kinds of different coloration and contrast quite well. I couldn’t choose which one was ‘best’ to my eye. So I thought I’d share them all. Here goes, beginning with the original, unmanipulated image:

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  • February 16, 2008 - 6:56 pm

    Randy - It’s always hard to decide which direction to take an image. Especially when it has so much working for it on it’s own. In this case, I personally prefer the first image most.

    Great work, as always Fritz!

  • February 21, 2008 - 1:12 pm

    Chelsea Nicole - Sometimes it just takes walking away from it and coming back later with a fresh look. For this photo – the last one is my favorite by far! 🙂

I took my Environmental Portrait Class (at PNCA) out for a location photography shoot today. Every now and then I’d butt in, and take a few photos myself, as examples for my students. These are a few favorites from the morning.

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Yoshihiro Kitai is a Japanese printmaker, living in Portland, Oregon. We went to art school together, and now we both teach at that same school: Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Since we were in school together, he has ‘burst’ onto the art scene, and his work can be seen online and in person at the Pulliam Defenbaugh Gallery. He’s received some fine reviews; here’s a favorite line from one of them: “Although the gentle miasmas and fog banks evoke Tibetan cloud tangkhas and the mist-enshrouded outcroppings of traditional Chinese landscape painting, the shiny metal leaf (an element in Japanese master drawings) also suggests the bling-obsessed glitz of contemporary Western hip-hop culture.”

I photographed Yoshi in the printmaking studio at PNCA, as he worked on one of his prints.

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  • February 11, 2008 - 6:12 pm

    Anonymous - More talent. Neat!

While in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, one of my jobs was a bridal fashion shoot on the beach. I had the privilege of working with a dress from one of my very favorite local Portland dressmakers, Sarah Mansfield. The veil is by August Veils, also of The Bridal Loft. Working with model Andrea Castanette, we had some fun photographing on the beautiful Playa Madera. Here are some sample photographs:

View more of our destination wedding photography, from Mexico to Thailand, New York to Portland, at

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I’m in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, to do a little shooting. This morning I got up early to walk the beach and see what morning would bring. I always find that, to see local culture in full swing, early morning is the time to be out and about.
We saw dolphins in the bay, hummingbirds in the air, watched the frigate birds diving for fish, and watched the locals fish off the promenade. Rather than fishing poles, they have fishing line wound around a piece of wood or bottle, attach a weight and hook to the end, and put a palm-sized fish on the line. Then they’d swing it around, toss it out into the water, and wait.

As I photographed them, one pescador had a fish on the line, and offered it to me. So I took it and started reeling the fish in, hand over hand, walking back and forth along the boardwalk as the fish swam this way and that. Finally we could see the fish in the water below us, and it was big! One of the boys hopped down on the rocks, and picked the fish up out of the water and brought it up to us. It was a yellowtail, nearly 3 feet long.

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Between 30-50 Kenyans were burned to death, and many others severely burned,
in a church, similar to this one pictured here, in Eldoret, Kenya. (In this photo, people are lined up for free medical care in March, 2007.)

I was grieved to hear, on this first day of the new year, that the violence in Kenya has been especially brutal in Eldoret. Today it is reported that between 30-50 people were burned to death in a church in Eldoret, where more than 250 villagers were taking refuge from the violence.

I was just in Eldoret for over a week, in March of 2007. A beautiful country. I spent my time there photographing the work that Open Arms International is doing, to create an orphanage for AIDS orphans. OA was also conducting free medical clinics in the slums, together with local churches, serving several thousand people that week.

The outbreak of violence began with outcry over election scandals, but seems to have turned into a genocidal war between tribes, akin to what has occurred in Rwanda, Iraq, the Balkans, etc. I have been reading reports that church buildings and cathedrals are packed with people seeking refuge from the violence. In my short stay there, I met many pastors and Christians from Eldoret, who worked tirelessly for the care of the poor in that city. I can only imagine the stress and danger these precious people are facing. Furthermore, friends and acquaintances from here in the States are there in Eldoret, working to build this orphanage, from the ground up.

Please be in prayer for them, and for their people: that they will be strong and courageous, that they will be peacemakers, that they will be protected.

Kenneth, a gentle, softspoken young pastor in Eldoret.

This is Pastor Esther, with one of the orphans she cares for in the slums.

Here is an update from Esther in Eldoret, Kenya, on February 7, 2008:

Praise God. The situation is bad .my car was burnt and also they wanted to burn the house .the church is a refugee camp now.people have lost direction faith no prayers no trust no spiritual likfe victimazed no money for communication ,ten people were killled at my gate when they were coming to kill us.That day ihbad over fifty people with children also two mps opposition were killed so there is alot of tension please pray for us.God has given me alot of strength and its well.

God bless you in amighty way.
say hi to everybody .many children in Kasarani are not going to school because of tension and some schools closed.

What we have seen is terrible but thanks to lord for gift of life.
many people have lost there life there is much of harted ,enemity and separation of tribes no unity.

A child plays in the plastic trash-strewn field of the Eldoret slums.

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The few weeks surrounding Christmas and New Year’s are kind of like a second summer in Oregon, in terms of weddings. Minus, of course, the sunshine and warmth of summer, and with the addition of a great deal of clouds and precipitation. Which is why, at Mike and Christa’s wedding at the Oregon Golf Club in West Linn, they put everyone on Mountain Watch.

Oregon Golf Club usually has a fantastic view of Mt Hood, but not at this cloudy time of year. But the bride thought a little cloud break might just show a glimpse of the mountain in its winter majesty. Well, we didn’t get a peek at the peak, but we did get a rainbow, right about where the mountain would be. We took it as a good omen, and took a picture:

Christa works in Washington DC for Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer. She is a Legislative Assistant, covering such weighty topics as firearms, labor, civil rights, women’s issues, social security, and more. So she’s a pretty organized, plan-ahead-and-make-it-happen kind of woman. (As well as an absolute sweetheart with a great laugh.) Which is why she kept a copy of her wedding vows in a very accessible but covert part of her wedding gown. Which her bridesmaids thought was rather clever. And yes, she did end up needing it during the ceremony, and whipped it right out….

Did I mention that Christa is resourceful and organized? Here are the contents of her bridal purse: a compact, lipstick, a Tide To Go stain remover, and a list of people to thank at the reception.

Are you looking for an Oregon Golf Club Wedding Photographer?  Contact us today; we would love to be your wedding photographers!

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  • April 26, 2008 - 4:15 am

    Anonymous - Fritz,

    I just wanted you to know I am having so much fun working with the photos you took of Christa and Mike’s wedding in December. They are so beautiful and fun – such a good representation of the day!! I am making photo books for my parents and for us — I haven’t yet seen the book you made for Christa and Mike, but I hear it’s fantastic.

    Thanks again for attention to detail, and for the wonderful job you did on our family’s special day — I look forward to calling you again one day, when daughter #2 is planning her wedding!!

    Linda Shively

I’ve been toying around for some time with ways to paint from photographs. I’m regularly inspired by paintings of people (Modigliani especially, but other contemporary painters as well). I love the way, in painting and drawing, that an artist can abstract and manipulate what is before him. This is the first completed piece in this vein that I’m pleased with.

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  • January 15, 2008 - 6:49 pm

    elsie - geez, Fritz! Must you be so talented? This is lovely.

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