JOHN LEWIS STAGE Photographer for TIME & LIFE magazines.
(IN HIS FORWARD TO MY BOOK ON AVAILABLE LIGHT
"For a photographer,
there is a special joy in meeting another photographer whom you instinctively
know has experienced the same wonder, and magic of your kind of photography.
Such was my reaction to Don O. Thorpe, who is an obviously talented and
accomplished professional. His enthusiasm is contagious. He is both a realist
and an idealist. His standards are high, technically and philosophically,
and fortunately for us, he is a natural teacher endowed with a desire to
share his knowledge.
Like other men of spirit,
Thorpe is a seeker of truth, and he has found that the ability to use photography
in unusual conditions and with unusual techniques is essential to attaining
this high-minded goal. He is a kindred spirit, with common passions; a
fellow veteran of photographic battles. He speaks my language. He shares
my aspirations to photographic expertise."
REVIEW IN CAMERA 35 MAGAZINE
Composition is excellent. Lines and masses flow in and around smoothly,
and the tonal values in the original print move subtly from high to low,
complementing the composition in a way that can only be described as pleasant.
number two is another strong composition, leaving nothing to chance. Distractions
are non-existent, and the eye is immediately drawn to the juxtaposition
of the subject's face and hand.
are successful because they achieve the objectives Mr. Thorpe set for himself.
And we are proud of his accomplishment."
EXHIBIT REVIEW IN THE CATALYST MAGAZINE
"The exhibit, "PHOTOGRAPHIC IMPRESSIONISM", demonstrates
techniques developed through experimentation with several digital cameras. A
deliberate search for techniques to produce spontaneous impressionistic images
emphasizes the emotions with an inner sensibility rather than visual reality.
This diverse representation of style and technique embraces the central idea of
EXHIBIT REVIEW IN THE SUNDAY HERALD One-man Exibit of Camera 'Paintings'
at the B.F. Larsen Gallery
"Mr. Thorpe is experimenting
with different techniques which accentuate the possibilities of the photographic
image. He believes that these techniques give him the freedom for creative
expression with his camera, and that photography has an inherent means
of artistic expression that cannot be achieved in any other way. He believes
the observer can relate more closely to a photographic interpretation despite
the fact that the image can be changed to meet the artist's requirements."
EXHIBIT REVIEW IN THE TRIBUNE
"Mr. Thorpe has cultivated the
faculty that Henri Cartier-Bresson has described as the uncanny ability to
capture the right moment. Thorpe's landscapes are perceived with imagination and
recorded at mood filling moments. His study of haystacks recalls the style of
Impressionist Claude Monet. Though his images are of a different locale, the
magic of sunlight is still there."
I thought your images are the best that exist on the Internet.
I just found your website and
I'm awestruck by your photo Impressionism work. Thanks for
Very Nice Work. Since I come from Jerusalem
the Old City, usually photographs of Israel bore me but not this time. Who knows
maybe one day we will meet! I am a professional photographer too.
I just wanted to tell you much I enjoyed
looking at your photographic art of Jerusalem. Your photographs
capture visually the emotions and awe and reverence that I hold in my
heart today and always. Your photographs have an effect in that the
image passes through you and the response is much deeper than a visual
and aesthetic one - it resonates in the soul. Thank you. Shalom,
Mr. Thorpe, thank you. I am without words.
Your work has uplifted my spirit. Thank you for sharing your wonderful
gifts. This is just too wonderful to keep to myself.
Connie L. Fredericks
just viewed your photos and I am amazed by how beautiful they are. I have
never traveled to the Holy Land, but your photos inspire me to go. Not
only is the landscape awesome, but your interpretive photography captures even
more. I praise God for the gift of photography he has bestowed
I found your site on the internet and loved your beautiful photography.
I have some slides I purchased while there, but they don’t even compare to your amazing work. Your images
and words really brought me back to one of the greatest times of my life.
I just viewed your Website for the first time, and I am amazed and profoundly
touched by the beauty of your Photographs. They are truly Inspiring to look at. I would love to purchase several of your Photographs of various subjects.
Your work is beautiful and heartfelt. God’s
blessings to you, (it seems you have already been blessed!)
GALLERY 240 – Abstract Impressionism
PATRICK MOORE GALLERY – Two Exhibits: Vive la France &
● UTAH ARTS COUNCIL – Photographic Impressionism
ECCLES COMMUNITY ART CENTER – Don Thorpe Anthology
LIBBY GARDNER CONCERT HALL – The Middle East: People of
SPRINGVILLE MUSEUM OF ART – Joseph, Joseph, Joseph -- 200th
anniversary of Joseph Smith
SALT LAKE CITY ARTS COUNCIL – Inside Israel
PARK CITY ARTS FESTIVAL – Rural America
GALLERY 268 – Black & White Utah
CARLING GALLERY – Retrospective Exhibit
INKLEYS PHOTO STORE – Two Retrospective Exhibits
UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY – Master of Fine Arts Exhibit
BYU HARRIS FINES ARTS CENTER – One Man B&W Photography Show
ANDERSON FOOTHILL LIBRARY – Photo Impressionism
SPRINGVILLE MUSEUM OF ART – Eyes Wide Open Juried Exhibit
ART CENTER FACULTY EXHIBIT
SPRINGVILLE MUSEUM OF ART – Annual Spring Salon Juried Exhibit
LDS INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBIT – Juried Exhibit
NEW YORK COLISEUM – International Photography Fair
SUNDANCE – Hole In The Wall Exhibit with an award from Robert
ECCLES COMMUNITY ART CENTER – Utah Photographers Invitational
MORMON FESTIVAL OF ART – International Invitational Exhibit
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESIDENT’S ART SHOW – Juried Exhibit
UTAH STATE FAIR - awards from Best in Show to numerous 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR - 1st place ribbon
FESTIVAL OF MORMON ARTS - published in the commemorative book
MORMON ARTS FESTIVAL - honorable mention – the only
photographer given an award at the festival
SUNDANCE HOLE IN THE WALL EXHIBIT - 1st prize (presented by
NATIONAL NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPHY – many awards given in Utah,
and one that placed in National competition
SELECTED VISUAL ART PRESENTATIONS
CONFERENCE ON WORLD HUNGER WITH JOHN DENVER – Large screen photo visual
ZION – Large screen photographic visual art production for the
LDS Church sesquicentennial stage play
SATURDAY’S WARRIOR – Large screen photographic visual art
background for the stage play
PROMISED VALLEY – Large screen photographic visual art for the
pioneer celebration stage play
THREADS OF GLORY –Award winning large screen photographic
visual art production for the stage play
ISRAEL REVEALED – Co-produced 6 documentary video tapes shown
on broadcast television
IT’S MY LIFE – Large screen photographic visual art background
for the stage play by Lex de Azevedo
MUSEUM OF THE YELLOWSTONE – Large screen photographic visual
GOLDEN SPIKE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE – Visual art production
about the trans-continental railway
LAKE SEMINOLE VISITORS CENTER FLORIDA – Large screen
photographic visual art production
WIZARD OF OZ – Photographic visual art background for the
TROLLEY SQUARE – Large screen photographic visual art
production for the opening of Trolley Square
STARCHILD – Large screen photographic visual art sequences
and background for the stage play
Author and photographer for the book, AMPHOTO GUIDE TO AVAILABLE
LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY published in New York.
Photographer illustrator for the book, ISRAEL
Photographs featured in books about the Holy
Land: ON HOLY GROUND and THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE.
Published in magazine articles as writer and photographer:
THE ENSIGN and NEW ERA MAGAZINES, CAMERA 35, MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY