ROMAN LORANC (POLISH, b. 1956)
Roman Loranc was born in Bielsko-Biala, Poland, in 1956 and immigrated to the United States in 1981. Moving to California in 1984 rekindled his feeling for landscape photography, and since settling in the Central Valley, Loranc has increasingly turned to subjects close to home: the delicate wetlands beneath the Pacific Flyway, the stirring and primeval contours of the Diablo Range, and the sinuous courses and radiant surfaces of once mighty rivers. Loranc’s work marks a return to landscape photography as intimate encounter with land and psyche. His work has been exhibitied in many public and private galleries was featured in the best-selling anthology Highway 99: A Literary Journey through California's Great Central Valley.
His first book, Two-Hearted Oak, The Photography of Roman Loranc” (Heyday Books, 2003) is an intimate portrait of a region often overlooked: California's Great Central Valley. His second book, Fractal Dreams, was produced in 2009. Both books are out-of-print. He is also one of the photographers featured in Why Photographs Work by author/photographer George Barr which analyzes 52 images of some of the world's top photographs.