Photographers Jaime Kowal, Axel Breutigam and Gary Gardner have joined forces to present The Desert Holds the Sky, an exhibition of fine art photography opening on April 10 at Brian Marki Fine Art in Palm Springs. Each artist will showcase their unique vision of the desert through light and darkness, scale and symmetry, and the power of memory and connection. The show will feature large format color work by Kowal, black and white photography by Breutigam and monotone and color images by Gardner.


Jaime Kowal’s 15-year career as a freelance photographer and multimedia producer has taken her to 23 countries spanning seven continents, providing travel and lifestyle imagery as a Creative Contributor for Getty Images and to editorial content in magazines including Wallpaper, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, Oprah Winfrey Network and Her award-winning book, Waking Up the West Coast: Healers and Visionaries, was a three-year project where she photographed and interviewed 118 experts throughout British Columbia in the categories of social responsibility, politics, education, arts, culture and health. It won a Bronze Medal at the 2007 Independent Publisher’s Awards, and was named a 2007 Nautilus Book Awards Finalist. Kowal is also a co-owner of Ernest Coffee and Bootlegger Tiki in uptown Palm Springs, and owner of the Amado, a boutique hotel property in Palm Springs.

Axel Breutigam is a German-born Canadian who currently splits his time between Vancouver and Palm Springs. Previously a lawyer and CPA by trade, Axel became a passionate photographer as a young man with his own darkroom in the pre-digital era. He is self-taught and started by shooting black and white film and doing his own wet printing. In order to master his techniques, he later studied black and white photography with Alan Ross, the renowned black and white photographer and longtime Ansel Adams assistant, who is one of the few experts with a first hand experience of Ansel Adams’ work. Axel’s fine art body of work is primarily focused on man-made structures and land-/seascapes, street, travel and music images.

Gary Gardner has always been a traveler. He was born in Denver, Colorado, raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and has roamed extensively throughout the Intermountain West, as well as all over the US, Canada, and the UK. He currently makes his home in Seattle and Palm Springs. Gardner’s work explores his fascination with the loneliness of abandoned places along the highways – where people once lived, laughed, worked, loved and played, and where now the only sign of a life lived is what was left behind when they moved on.

The exhibition opens on April 10, 2015, with a reception from 5 – 8 p.m., and the show continues through April 24, 2015.

Brian Marki Fine Art & Framing
170 E. Arenas Road
Palm Springs


Above image © Jaime Kowal

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