About the Artist
Technology is a key component in my work. I began experimenting with the photographic medium while pursuing a Fine Arts degree at California State University of Long Beach. My interest in advancing this medium and its process has led me to printing on multiple surfaces including aluminum, wood, film, and specialty papers. As I explored the idea of printing images on different surfaces, I started to use it to not only accent the image but to also create a communication between substrate and imagery.
Stephan Canthal became involved in the art of photography while studying architecture at the University of Southern California. He later transferred to California State University, Long Beach to pursue a Fine Arts degree in photography. His signature iconographic images of industrial Los Angeles are suggestive of his architectural background and trained eye for structure, space, and substrate.
With his fresh, imaginative approach to photography, Canthal began to experiment with unconventional photographic mediums. He wanted to merge traditional photography and modern art, breaking old rules through original composition and cutting-edge presentation. His innovative choice of metal as a photographic medium is unique and produces a sleek, nearly three-dimensional image that has generated widespread praise.
Complex and time consuming, the physical transfer of an image onto aluminum has taken Canthal several years to fully develop. By experimenting with every aspect and each step of the process, he has perfected his original concept. His artistic vision involves the creation not only of an image, but the careful construction of an entire piece of art. Canthal personally designs and creates each original piece – the result of weeks of work to visualize, research, design and print his images.