Cris Pulos is a master of light and composition. His work has the feel of the perfect moment. One imagines the photographer hunkering down before an ancient stone monastery in the cold Grecian dawn in anticipation of the ideal shot; the exact angle of sunlight and cloudless backdrop to complement the composition of architecture and its surrounding natural environment. He knows how to wait; he has been practicing, exhibiting, and teaching his art for more than four decades.
The first entry on Pulos’s résumé reads: “Son of Arthur J. Pulos / Chairman Design Department, Syracuse University 1954-1985 / Industrial Design Educator, Author, Lecturer and Master Silversmith.” Art, design, and composition are in his genes, and the nod to his father on his resume implies deference to his creative inheritance. Not content to rest on patrilineal reputation, however, he received an extensive formal education in photography. Not surprisingly, given his upbringing, he has an eye for architecture, design, and structure. His work might be thought of as the anchor in this three-person show, concerned, as it is, with the stable ground of ancient architecture. His home in Taos features an 800 square foot studio for the production of 4x5 and 35mm development, printing, and photogravure. He maintains artistic control over the entire process, including the production of mats and frames.