ASMP Bookshelf: Light Color Culture by Gregory Rust

by | Jul 29, 2022 | ASMP Bookshelf

ASMP Member Gregory Rust has published a book entitled “Light, Color, Culture”.

Gregory uses a subtle mix of anthropology, professional experience and intuition to create photographs that lay bare the underlying thread of humanity common to all people. His masterful use of color, light and composition produce an almost-instant bond of familiarity between subject and viewer, regardless of setting or geographical location.

“Anthropology—the study of man—translates literally into my work as a documentary photographer. My career has given me the opportunity to photograph a diverse spectrum of the human experience at home and abroad–from my friends amongst the Cheyenne tribe in Montana to exploring the vibrant culture of Cuba, from mingling with exiled Buddhist monks in Kathmandu to documenting some of Cincinnati’s greatest sports moments. By exploring light and color across a variety of cultural landscapes, I hope to capture and share glimpses of the spirit that unites us all.”

A self-described cultural chameleon, Rust studied photography while earning his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Northern Kentucky University. He has done an extensive photographic study on Native American culture, recently initiating an exhibit at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati that explored cultural sports mascots. Prompted by the simmering tribalism in America he created the exhibit “Artifacts…Focus on Race” at Xavier University, Cohen Art Gallery, 2019. In 2021, his exhibit “Native American Awareness” debuted at Xavier University and opens at Northern Kentucky University, Museum of Anthropology in the Fall of 2022, addressing historic and current Indigenous issues. He served as Director of Photography for Xavier University for 36 years and also worked as an official photographer for two of Cincinnati’s major-league sports teams—the Reds for 32 seasons and Bengals for 25 years. His legacy book, “Light Color Culture” was released in 2020. Over four decades his work has been published and shown widely including Kharkiv International House, Ukraine in 2013.

A fifth-generation farmer, Rust raises horses with his family on their farm in Pendleton County, Kentucky.

For book orders contact: Price of book: $39.00 + shipping




All images: Gregory Rust