Nathan Butera Photography - Provincetown and Cape Cod

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I've been shooting ever since my dad bought me my first camera when I was seven - a used Twin Lens Reflex rollfilm workhorse whose brand I no longer remember.

At fifteen, I got a brand new Canon AE-1 Program that I used till I was thirty years old when it finally broke while shooting at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. It was then that I went to get my MFA in Film Directing at NYU and learned how to shoot 24 frames a second. My photography portfolio is what gained me entry into NYU's notoriously selective program.

Today I shoot with a number of different cameras - from a small digital Leica to a Canon DSLR to my iPhone, and a Deardorff making a cameo now and then.

My work is represented by Southstream Design in Provincetown on Cape Cod, MA. I have been in group shows at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum as well as had landscapes commissioned for display in one of Provincetown's local Inns.

I never crop my work or use photoshop to remove or add elements from the frame. I do as minimal color correction as possible - doing only what it takes to bring to life what I saw when I took the image.

I make archival pigment prints on Velvet Fine Art Paper which lends a painterly quality to the work. I usually print 17x22.

Photography influences include William Eggleston, Garry Winogrand, Richard Misrach, Joel Meyerowitz, Alex Webb, and Hiroshi Sugimoto. Cinematography influences include Roger Deakins, Darius Khondji, and Vittorio Storaro among others.

I was a Commissioner on Provincetown's Historic District Commission for four years which provided a unique insight into Provincetown's past and the evolution of its future.

My films have had much wider distribution. My first film PAWS was purchased by France's Canal Plus for broadcast on French television. My film BROTHER was a finalist for the Student Academy Awards in 2005 and was shown in numerous film festivals around the world including own own local Provincetown Film Festival. My script Topaz-55, a story about genetically modified corn, was finalist for a Sloan Foundation grant. My film COMING TO TOWN was shown in film festivals around the country and won awards in scriptwriting and comedy. I was asked directly to submit my feature script Texas, America to the Sundance screenwriter's lab.

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