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2001 A Faith Odyssey
Crosses by Valentin Gertsman

In coining the phrase, "God is the Creator, the artist simply the translator," accomplished scupltor and photographer Valentin L. Gertsman shares his unique and personal perspective embodied in all his images either carved by hand or captured from behind a camera's lens.

Like an artist painting on canvas, Gertsman utilizes light, angles, dimension, color and composition to render photographic images so stunning they have been featured in the world's finest private and public collections, exhibits, and publications, including:

  • Collection of the Vatican
  • Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia
  • Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
  • The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas
  • Rotunda Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
  • Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • Southwest Art Magazine
  • Zoom, international photographic magazine
  • Frank, international journal of contemporary writing and art
  • Architecture USSR
  • Houston Architectural Ballade
2001 A Faith Odyssey is Gertsman's second collaboration with Kimberly Mills. The first was his book, Houston Architectural Ballade (January 2000), in which Gertsman's composite photos capture the essence of the dynamic and diversified Texas city it profiles. Each composite offers images of Houston that dazzle, amaze, disturb, and exalt. They are images that only a surgeon turned artist could see and create.

Houston Architectural Ballade was made possible with the assistance from the Houston Architecture Foundation and by the underwriting support of Reliant Energy; The Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau; BMC Software; Linbeck Construction Corporation; The Chase Private Bank; Continental Airlines; Crescent Real Estate Equities, Ltd.; Houston Cellular; Kino Studio, Inc.; Texaco; Stephen E. Guilliams, M.D.; Spring Branch Medical Center; Brown & Root, a Halliburton Company; Gerald H. Dubin; Houston chapter of Associated General Contractors; Morris Architects; Neider Financial Consultants, Inc.; and Ann Wright and Dan Curtis.

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