Photographs by Aaron Lurth, Luther College class of 2008, are on display through Oct. 18 in Preus Library on the Luther campus.
The display includes eight large-format prints from Lurth's most recent body of work, "Parking." In this series, Lurth asks the question, "Is there an inherent beauty in man-made, utilitarian structures of steel and concrete?" and goes one step further by investigating how a person's perception and relationship to a space changes when other people are not around. Through light, color and scale, Lurth's photographs create odd juxtapositions between unease and comfort, past and future and use and abandonment.
Lurth, director of visual media, also teaches photography at Luther. For the past nine years, he has been a photographer for the Experimental Aircraft Association at AirVenture—the world's largest air show. He has shot marketing campaigns for Luther and served as the photographer for the Cedar Rapids Kernals minor league baseball team.
While earning a bachelor's degree from Luther, Lurth studied in Malta where he created a photo documentary that was later used by the Red Cross. This documentary investigated refugee camps on the island. During his studies at the University of Iowa, he worked as a digital photo lab technician and as the operations manager of the photography department. He graduated as a Virgil M. Beall Graduate Fellow in Photography.
Additional information about Aaron Lurth can be found at: http://www.aaronlurth.com/