Master of beautifully crafted, enigmatic black and white landscape prints where man’s mysterious presence frequently hovers, Chip Forelli photographs for prestigious advertising and corporate clients as well as leading publications. His personal work, represented by numerous fine art photography galleries, is part of many private and corporate collections. Recent solo exhibitions have been at the Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Mercedes Benz Gallery of New York, the Art Institute of Atlanta and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. Communication Arts Photography Annual has featured his work on numerous occasions and chose one of his abstract botanical studies for a cover. PDN, Archive, Graphis, View Camera, Camera Arts, Lenswork Quarterly, Sierra Magazine and Black & White Magazine have all dedicated space to his compelling work.
In his travels he has photographed purely for himself in addition to working on advertising campaigns for BMW, Land Rover, AT&T, Digital, 3Com, Olympus, Lufthansa, American Express, Doctors Without Borders and Eastman Kodak.
Originally trained as an architect, Forelli was drawn to photography because “it demands a fine balance between aesthetic sensibility and craft. If you alter the balance, you become either overly conceptual or preoccupied with technique.”
Forelli has lecured at Photo Expo and the Art Director’s Club and teaches at the International Center of Photography, Cape Cod Photography Workshops, New Jersey Heritage Photography Workshops, and at the Maine Photographic Workshops. He co-founded the New York Photographer’s Forum to help uncover the work of new photographers and regularly juries exhibitions. Communication Arts, Archive and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History have all given his work top awards. The New York Times praised his “otherworldly lighting” and “intense compositions” noting that Forelli’s images “tease perception with their ghostlike forms.”