Stan Trampe lived most of his life in St. Louis, MO, moving to San Diego in 2012. In 1987, at the age of 56, he became inspired with serious black and white fine-art nude photography after a week-long workshop with Robert Farber in Northern California. He began working with digital imaging in 2000, and within a year, abandoned his darkroom and converted to all digital capture and production. He continued to photograph almost exclusively in black & white, including infrared. Stan was a self-taught photographer, and gained valuable insights during several workshops with artists Joyce Tennyson, Ken Marcus, Jerry Uelsmann, Michael Kenna and Sally Mann (all exceptional darkroom printers). Stan’s work is entirely fine-art nude and a few portraits.
His passion to create fine-art nude images continued until he passed away at 83 years young, he had hopes that it would continue through many years, and it did. His models were his inspiration and during his working years he rarely failed to photograph a minimum of two sessions per week. Stan’s preference was to photograph one model for more than one year; doing this, he believed, builds a remarkable rapport that improves the work. The model and Stan were frequently co-creators; as a group he found that models are very creative.
Stan admitted to sometimes being overwhelmed by what he saw: a model at a stream in the early morning, fog lifting, her form touched by the first muted rays of sunlight, or in his studio with touching expressions of light. Stan quipped that his models forgive the occasional tears that he sheds.
Stan has authored two books on the subject of fine art nude photography. The first, “Black and White Nude Photography” is out print and unavailable on Amazon but can found via web search or Ebay. The second, “Fine Art Nudes” is available at Stan Trampe on Amazon. Both books are available at Stan Trampe on Abebooks.