Lina Bertucci

Bertucci’s photographs combine the natural and the psychological in an eerie and poetic manner. Altering photographs of actual landscapes with her personal input (such as the digital insertion of figures), Bertucci presents nature as a spiritual and a cultural construct. Working mainly in California and the Indiana/Michigan dunes, she refrains from identifying any of her works by place, adding to their surreal quality. Later, Bertucci returns to the images and makes digital alterations, adding or subtracting figures or physical characteristics. She occasionally rephotographs a work, resulting in intense, almost artificial, color with subtle textural variations.

Lina Bertucci attended the Aegean School of Fine Arts in Greece and the University of Wisconsin (1978) for her undergraduate degree, continuing on to the Pratt Institute in New York for her MFA (1980). Bertucci has exhibited extensively, including group shows at the Chicago Cultural Center as well as in Italy, France, and Germany. Bertucci’s photographs have appeared in Vogue, Life, Entertainment Weekly, and The Village Voice, among other magazines. Her book Railroad Voices, a collection of her photographs and short narratives by Linda Niemann from their days as the first female brakemen on the Milwaukee Road Railway, was published in 1998 by the Stanford University Press.

Image Courtesy of Patrick McMullan