About Lynn Radeka
Radekas professional photography career spans more
than fifty years. Influenced in his early work by Ansel
Adams and Wynn Bullock, he continues to pursue a technical
and aesthetic mastery of the medium of photography. His
love of grand landscapes, intimate details, small towns,
backroads and ghost towns of the American West was born
on his first trip to Death Valley in 1966.
site features many of Radekas classic images as
well as a number of personal favorites. Lynn Radekas
Black and White photography has been featured in eight
National Park posters and is represented by several galleries
throughout the United States and Europe. He also has the
honor of being a featured photographer in the recent book
publication "World's Top Photographers: Landscape".
All prints on this site (as well as many more images not
shown on this site) are available for purchase. The Contrast
Masking Kits and Precision Pin-Registration Carrier Systems,
as well as the popular Contrast
Masking Workshops and Location Workshops, are currently
Lynn had the honor of being published in the prestigious LensWork
magazine, where a portfolio of his Black and White images,
including the cover image, were featured to celebrate his
50 years in photography.
Classic Imaging Magazine.
A portfolio and interview was published in the winter, 2020
edition, including the cover image.
This new book features images of popular photographers
throughout the world, including about a dozen of Lynn's Black
and White and Color photographs along with text and information
on each image. Published by AVA Publishing SA, 2002.
Way Beyond Monochrome.
This new book covers technical Black and White printing and
other procedures. Lynn has written the chapter on Contrast
Masking, discussing a few of the procedures included in his
Contrast Masking Kits,
and many of his Black and White photographs are included to
illustrate various techniques. This Fountain Press
book is now available at fine bookstores. Contact Fountain
Press for more information.
Spotlight article on Lynn Radeka
in B&W Magazine. A portfolio
and interview of Lynn Radeka.
View Camera Magazine. Published
two issues on Contrast Masking techniques for traditional
printing by Lynn Radeka.
One of the most pristigious publications for showcasing
the work of photographers is widely considered to be LensWork
magazine. A portfolio of Lynn Radeka's B&W images, including
the cover image, was published in the February 2021 issue celebrating
his 50 + years in photography.
||The World's Top Photographers:
Landscape. This new high quality book features
the photography of Lynn Radeka and 37 other noted photographers
such as Christopher Burkett, Charles Cramer and Michael Fatali.
Contains several of Lynn's black and white images along with
text written by author Terry Hope. Published by Rotovision as
part of their Modern Masters series. Available in fine
||One of Lynn Radeka's on-going photographic
projects involves the extensive photography of America's mystical
ghost towns. For nearly thirty years, these historic and colorful
places have been a prime target for his photography. The book
pictured to the left, Ghost Towns
of the Old West, featuring photography by Lynn
Radeka and text by Gary Topping, was published by Mallard Press
in 1991. Lynn has been fortunate enough to have gained special
access to a few of the west's most photogenic yet carefully
guarded Ghost Towns. Other book publications by Lynn Radeka
include Historic Towns of America,
Legendary Towns of the Old West, Forts and Battlefields of the
Old West, and Great American Hotels.
||Strength In Shades
Of Gray. This 2007 tritone calendar features
13 of Lynn's black and white images. Published by the W.E. Andrews
Company, it is a large format wall calendar, suitable for displaying
large quality reproductions of classic as well as new images
long after 2007 is over. Because of the high quality of the
reproductions, these images can be individually framed and overmatted
to create a luminous and lasting presentation. For more info
||Master Of Light: Ansel
Adams and His Influences. This very large coffee
table book was published by Todtri Productions in 1997 and is
written by Therese Lichtenstein. Lynn Radeka was commissioned
by Todtri Publications to print all of the 8x10 Ansel Adams
prints used for reproduction in this handsome book. The Ansel
Adams negatives were furnished by the Library of Congress.
||The 2000 American
West - Radeka wall calendar represents
the fourth year of this popular At-A-Glance/Landmark publication.
Featuring twelve original images photographed in the American
the hectic environment of Manhattan, I find peace in the stunning
beauty of nature in my own apartment - through the lens of
Nancy Grace - 2005
thanks to my friend Nancy Grace of Headline News' Nancy
Grace television show, Court TV's Closing Arguments
and CNN's Larry King Live for collecting
my photography and for her kind comments and display of my
As seen on HGTV, InTouch Magazine and Imus
In The Morning -
Lynn Radeka has traveled and photographed the American
landscape extensively since the late 1960s, making
the nations West and Southwest his forte. In the
early 1970's, he had the fortuitous opportunity to have
his early work critiqued and encouraged by four of his
inspirational models, legendary photographers Ansel Adams,
Wynn Bullock, Henry Gilpin and Al Weber.
Radekas photographic images, both color and Black
and White, have been showcased in a variety of media.
In the early 1990s, he had five distinguished full-color
books published: Ghost Towns of the Old West, Historic
Towns of America, Forts and Battlefields of the Old West,
Legendary Towns of the Old West and Great American
Hotels. One of his recent projects includes the printing
of the photographs for the black and white book Master
of Light: Ansel Adams and His Influences, published
by Smithmark. The At-A-Glance/Landmark calendar Radeka-The
American West featured many of his finest black and
white landscapes and details of the American West. His
work and technical writings have appeared in other publications
as well, including the book Way Beyond Monochrome
(Lambrecht and Woodhouse).
Lynn Radeka's photographs have been published as fine
art duotone posters for Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef,
Death Valley, Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks. In
addition, his photographic expertise has been shared in
numerous technical articles published in major magazines
including the book Contrast Masking Kit. His original
prints can be found in several private, corporate and
museum collections as well as galleries and internet sites.
"My photographs portray my personal response to
natural and architectural subjects and to me seem to convey
a Kubrickian, often formal quality." This self-assessment
reveals the essence of a Radeka photograph. His quintessential
expression is through black and white photography which
to him reveals the "soul" of the subject.
A true craftsman of the lens, Radeka blends traditional
styles with contemporary techniques. Since the mid 1970's,
he has been utilizing a variety of elaborate pin-registered
contrast masks, including shadow masks, highlight masks
and specifically designed combinations of both. In the
late 1980's, he also adopted the extensive use of very
effective shadow-contrast-increase masks (SCIMs) in order
to coax amazing variations of contrast in localized areas
of the image. Varied combination toning, localized print
"bleaching" and specialized paper selection
are but a few of the other fine-tuned elements that go
into the making of a uniquely original black and white
But in the end, he goes beyond the technical mastery
of the medium to achieve his visualization, producing
a unique "tactile" quality which he strives
to achieve in many of his images. Indeed, each print is
a sensory depiction of black and white splendor that displays
the "inner response" of Lynn Radeka.
Roseanne de Leon