Allen Birnbach


Allen’s photographs invite you to share in his intimate view of this precious world. Sometimes calming and peaceful, sometimes bursting with detail, texture and heroic grit, his images, full of mystery, emotion and wonder reward you with an inspiring view of our found and created worlds.
His images have been celebrated in Communication Arts Magazine, The Black and White Spider Awards, The International Color Award and Black and White Magazine. His work has been the subject of numerous calendars and included in “The World’s Greatest Black and White Photographs” by Basil Press. His photographs have been exhibited throughout the U.S. and overseas, and are represented in numerous private and corporate collections.


“Defining Eden” stems from the idea that a spiritual disconnect between the human and the natural world exists in large part because of the common notion that we were thrown out of the one place that was heaven on earth.

Yet this was not my experience of the world I saw and I set out to photograph all the ecosystems of the earth to illustrate the concept that Eden still exists.

I then began to work with dancers to evoke a sense of communion and connection in these primordial locations, and have been awed and inspired by the intellect, sensitivity and passion these artists bring to their work. It has been my great pleasure to collaborate with such wonderfully generous souls, and in doing so, have made connections that have enriched me beyond measure.

I hope you will enjoy this world I see brimming with beauty, wonder and delight.

While a number of images were made on medium format digital cameras, the majority were made on medium format and large format film cameras. The prints are made with archival, carbon pigment inks.

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