Lothar Osterburg (b. 1961 Braunschweig, Germany) is known for his photogravures featuring hand-constructed models of windmills, lighthouses, and sailboats among others staged in evocative settings. He photographs these scenes with a short focal range to create a mysterious, ambiguous or even ominous effect. He was trained in printmaking and experimental film making at the Hochshule fur bildende Kunste (Art Academy), Braunschweig, Germany. Osterburg taught printmaking at Pratt College, Columbia University and Cooper Union, all in New York and Lacoste School of the Arts in France for several years.
Solo exhibitions include Lesley Heller Gallery, NY; Esther Massry Gallery, College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY; Moeller Fine Art, Berlin, Germany; ICPNA, Lima, Peru; Rockland Arts Center, Nyack, NY; Woodstock Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY; Moeller Fine Art, NY. Awards include Cill Rialaig Art Center, Kerry, Ireland (2013); Bogliasco Foundation, Liguria, Italy (2011); John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (2010); American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (2010); New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2003 and 2009) and more. He has collaborated on several sound and video projects that have been performed in and around New York City.
His work is held in numerous collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Library of Congress, Art Institute of Chicago and New York Public Library. He has collaborated with artists including Lee Friedlander, Sol Lewitt, Wayne Thiebaud, Jim Dine, Judy Pfaff, Vija Celmins, Kiki Smith, Joel Peter Witkin and Brice Marden. Osterburg is currently based in Redhook, NY, and serves as an Artist in Residence in Studio Art specializing in Printmaking and Photographic Printmaking at Bard College. Osterburg has a forthcoming solo exhibition opening at Lesley Heller Gallery in the fall of 2018.