My photographs of the East End of Long Island are personal interpretations of a landscape that derives its beauty and power from the earth’s palate and ever-changing seasons.
I seek to evoke a mood rather than capture the minute visual details of a particular view, so I will manipulate the camera, shifting the focus plane, to create scenes that are deliberately blurred. The photographs are dominated by intense color and a gentle abstraction.
The horizon, the sea, the sand and the beach grass of Long Island all make their appearances, but in hazy, dreamlike forms, inviting the viewer to share my personal connection with the landscape.
about the artist
Philippe Cheng was born and raised in New York City and educated at The School of Visual Arts and New York University. In the early 1990’s he worked at Magnum Photos, assisting photographers Gilles Peress, Inge Morath, Erich Hartmann and Eve Arnold, where he learned that, whatever the subject matter whether a portrait or an interior, one could create images with meaning, style and emotion. He currently maintains a studio in New York City and in Bridgehampton, New York, where he does both commercial and fine art photography.
Cheng has published two books of photography and is working on several more. He is also directing his first documentary, shot on the East End, during the historic election of 2008. Illuminated by the words and images of 175 women, the film speaks against forced silence, while honoring chosen silence, creating an affirmation that every voice matters and is necessary for true democracy.
His fine art photography is included in many private collections. He is the winner of the Heckscher Musuem’s 2014 and 2016 Long Island Biennials . His commercial work encompasses a range of subjects including portraiture, architecture, and events, and while the subjects may be different, he strives to bring the same thread of storytelling and style to each project.