Vera Lutter (b. 1960) is well-known for her unique photographs representing scenes of architecture, transportation and industry created with one of the earliest photographic devices: the camera obscura. When the image is developed – after an exposure process of several hours, days or weeks - it is a black and white negative assuming precise yet mirage-like perspectives. By showing familiar venues like Venetian architecture, urban sites of Manhattan or Egypt's great pyramids, the images are immediately recognizable but the inversion of tones and the passage of time captured induce uncanny presences that invite a closer observation.
Lutter's images have been exhibited in group and solo shows in many prestigious institutions, including the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Dia: Beacon and Dia: Chelsea, New York; Kunsthalle, Basel; the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Neue Gallery, New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.