Featured Photographer: David Scheinbaum – “ENSŌ” – Analog Forever Magazine

A few weeks after moving to Santa Fe, David managed to muster the courage to cold call Beaumont, and guess what – he came and invited David to meet him that same day. This meeting was only the beginning of a long-term relationship. As a result, David ended up becoming Beaumont’s assistant and friend. After Newhall’s death in 1993, David served as co-executor of his estate, as he continues to do today. Based on this experience, David’s advice to this day is to “seek out those who inspire you”.

Over the decades, David has worn many hats in the world of photography. In addition to his work with Beaumont, David has produced several important works, published a number of books, inspired thousands of people as an educator, and is currently a photographer and gallery owner in Santa Fe, New Mexico, working with his wife Janet. Russek and her daughter Andra Russek (Scheinbaum & Russek).

Flashback to Spring 2020 – suddenly everyone had to adjust and stay close to home for an unknown period of time. From there, a new job was born. Scheinbaum took advantage of this period to push himself to bring his photographic practice to a new place. On March 12, 2020, David began what I consider his most personal project to date: his exploration of ENSÅŒ. Traditionally, the ENSÅŒ is a circle drawn by hand with Sumi ink on paper, in a single brushstroke expressing a moment in time. As a photographer, David chose to explore ENSÅŒ with light and chemistry instead of Sumi ink, returning to the origins of photography. For a year (March 12, 2020-2021), David got into the habit of spending a few hours a day, four to five days a week, in a sacred space, his dark room, illustrating the powerful form of the ENSÅŒ by exploring with a calligraphy brush, gelatin silver paper and chemistry, making latent brush marks (on paper). Each image is a single stroke and occurs in one breath – an inward journey.

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