Archive: Patrick Alt

Collection Manager
Mammoth Plate Press based in Culver City, CA.


Patrick Alt (1950-2013). Patrick, a resident of Southern California since 1970, received his BFA from California Institute of Fine Arts (1972) and an MFA in painting from the University of California, Irvine (. In addition to his mastery of fine art photography, Patrick’s professions included, exhibition designer and curator for the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, CA, founder and president of Space Inceptions, commercial interior designer of a design and architectural firm, and a career as a nationally published furniture designer, as well as a professor at UCLA Extension.

Patrick’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and Japan, and is included in many important private and corporate collections. His photographic work has been published in photographic magazines, as well as series of books made in collaboration with his younger brother. Throughout his life, Patrick was represented by G. Ray Hawkins in Los Angeles, Susan Spiritus Gallery in Newport Beach and currently Peter Fetterman Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, CA.

With 45 years of photographic experience, Patrick was internationally known for his mastery of the challenging platinum process, and his expert knowledge of large format cameras and optics. He restored many large format cameras, including a 18 x 22” mammoth plate from the late 1800’s. His images of nudes, still life's, and landscapes are printed in toned silver, cyan, and the exquisite alternative process of hand coated platinum/palladium, using cameras ranging in size from 8"x10" to the aforementioned mammoth plate.

As of December 2021 Patrick's Americana platinum prints have been accessioned into the Library of Congress. In September 2015, Patrick’s Native American Powwow platinum photographs and images taken in Twenty-nine Palms have been donated to The Autry National Center archive in Los Angeles, CA.

Additional books by artist:
Unknown Tuscany
Avatars of the Sacred Feminine
Lux Et Flux
Pools of Desire
29 Palms
Anatomica Natura
Night Flashes