Born in Washington, DC in 1997, Hugo Hentoff is quickly making a name for himself in the visual arts community. His choice of subject matter and use of light and color create photographs that are simultaneously meaningful and aesthetically pleasing. Whether attempting to depict a personality in a portrait or trying to evoke a certain emotion, Hentoff is always thinking of the best way to convey the beauty of his surroundings.
His love of photography started in his 9th grade black and white film class. Studying under Bill Crandall, Hugo immersed himself in the art form. After dedicating nearly every free minute to taking or printing photos in the darkroom and armed with a desire to capture the vibrancy and color of India, Hentoff made the transition to digital photography in preparation for his month-long journey through the stunning country. Since then, he shoots almost exclusively digital but does not manipulate his images beyond techniques used in a traditional darkroom.
Hentoff cites photographer Lee Jeffries as an inspiration. Jeffries’ breathtaking images of the homeless are haunting yet not exploitative. He simultaneously captures their emotion while bringing attention to their plight. Jeffries’ commitment to helping the homeless by donating the proceeds of his images to local charities has provided an additional source of inspiration to Hentoff as he aspires to use his own work to promote social causes.
At age 18, Hentoff is an award-winning photographer whose images have been featured in numerous galleries across the US, including the Brooklyn Waterfront Artist’s Coalition, The A Smith Gallery, and the Mpls Photo Center. He is a senior at St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Delaware where he is studying under Joshua Meier and is continuing to produce new work.
2015 PDNedu Student Photo Contest - Grand Prize Pre-College Winner
2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Gold Medal
2014 Shoot the Face, June - Winner
2014 St. Andrew’s School Keri J Advocat Photography Prize - Winner
2014 Brooklyn Waterfront Artist’s Coalition “Un-inhibited” Exhibition - Silver Medal
2014 Photographer’s Forum 34th Annual High School and College Photography Contest
- Honorable Mention
2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Four Gold Keys
2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Three Silver Keys
2013 A Smith Gallery’s “Faces” Exhibition - Honorable Mention
2013 Shoot the Face, November - Finalist
2013 Shoot the Face, May - Finalist
EXHIBITIONS & PUBLICATIONS2014 Mpls Photo Center "Black & White"
2013 Brooklyn Waterfront Artist’s Coalition “Un-inhibited”
2013 A Smith Gallery “Faces”
2013 Mpls Photo Center “Ambient Light”
2013 San Diego Art Institute “Art of Photography”
2013 Darkroom Gallery “Faces”
2014 Art Ascent - August issue (cover and inside spread)
2014 St. Andrew’s “Andrean” Magazine (cover and inside spread)
2012 Maret School's "Lit Arts" Magazine