Clifton Albergotti brings a new romanticism to the field of contemporary fine-art photography. He began his career by producing realistic black and white images following the traditions set by his mentors Ansel Adams, John Sexton and Don Worth. Soon after, as Michael Kenna and Steve Harper ushered him into the world of night photography, Albergotti’s work took a new direction. His images now depict fully imagined worlds, inviting others to glimpse his private visions.
Using photomontage, Albergotti seamlessly blends the components of his imagined imagery into a convincing virtual reality. He uses a wide range of non-traditional photographic formats including large horizontal panels and vertical scrolls on which exotic flora, fauna and human figures are conjured up and recomposed into an alternate reality.
Albergotti’s work has been shown at numerous galleries including Vorpal Gallery (San Francisco), Southern Light Gallery (Amarillo), Mother Dog Studios (Houston), Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, and Center for Photographic Art (Ft. Collins, CO) where he was selected for the 2004 “Director’s Recognition” award.
During his former career as professor of physics at the University of San Francisco, Albergotti was instrumental in bridging the communication gap often found between science and the arts. In addition to developing the Humanities course on the 17th Century and teaching in the Davies Forum (a dialog between the science and humanities departments), his guest lectures at the Academy of Art University have been published as Mighty is the Charm: Lectures in Science, Literature and the Arts (University Press of America, 1982).