photographs created by Andy Katz have taken him around the globe.
From the Old Country in Eastern Europe to the California wine
country, which he now calls home, his subjects are as diverse
as his travels and adventures.
The images in Katz's books, A Portrait of Napa
and Sonoma; Concannon: The First One Hundred and Twenty-Five
Years; New Zealand: Sea, Earth, Sky; Private Reserve; Robert
Mondavi Winery; The Heart of Burgundy; Tuscany and Its Wines;
and Vineyard have been described by vintners, photographers,
critics and other readers as breathtaking. His evocative work
is featured in museums and galleries worldwide including his
own in Boulder, Colorado and Healdsburg, California.
Katz discovered his love for
photography at a young age. Admittedly, he had been chasing
his classmates around the playground with his camera since
as early as the third grade. But when he was 11, his father
brought home a book of black and white portraits by the legendary
Canadian photographer Yosuf Karsh. "It
was as if a flash bulb went off in my soul. I was amazed. Karsh's
work was all large-format and his prints were so vivid you felt
you could actually touch the persons skin. The tonality, the
technique, it was all truly exquisite. I was mesmerized," said
Katz. How ironic that years later, Yosuf Karsh would count himself
among the many proud collectors of Katz's photos.