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JOHN LEWIS STAGE Photographer for TIME & LIFE magazines.
(IN HIS FORWARD TO MY BOOK ON AVAILABLE LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY)
"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
"The 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. Picture 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. These pictures 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 Impressionism."

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."

E-MAIL TESTIMONIALS

I thought your images are the best that exist on the Internet.
Gareth Powell

I just found your website and I'm awestruck by your photo Impressionism work. Thanks for inspirational Galleries!
Daniel Joelsson

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.
Steve Sabella

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,
Robin H.

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

I 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 on you.
Laura Scotford

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.
Christianne Green

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. 
Duane Hawe


Your work is beautiful and heartfelt. God’s blessings to you, (it seems you have already been blessed!)
Jennifer Lundquist

SELECTED EXHIBITS
Solo Exhibits:
GALLERY 240  – Abstract Impressionism
PATRICK MOORE GALLERY – Two Exhibits: Vive la France & Eclectic French
UTAH ARTS COUNCIL – Photographic Impressionism
ECCLES COMMUNITY ART CENTER – Don Thorpe Anthology
LIBBY GARDNER CONCERT HALL  – The Middle East: People of Promise
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

Group Exhibits:

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 Invitational Exhibit
SUNDANCE – Hole In The Wall Exhibit with an award from Robert Redford
ECCLES COMMUNITY ART CENTER – Utah Photographers Invitational Exhibit
MORMON FESTIVAL OF ART – International Invitational Exhibit
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESIDENT’S ART SHOW – Juried Exhibit

SELECTED AWARDS
UTAH STATE FAIR - awards from Best in Show to numerous 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons
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 Robert Redford)
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 art presentation
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 art production
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 stage play
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

PUBLICATIONS
Author and photographer for the book, AMPHOTO GUIDE TO AVAILABLE LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY  published in New York.
Photographer illustrator for the book, ISRAEL REVEALED
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 and others.














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