Fresco Photography is a unique photographic interpretation of traditional fresco painting pioneered by Diane Epstein. This innovative approach to fine art photography blends distinctive views of natural scenes, landscapes, cityscapes, statues and the figurative, with multiple exposures of crumbling elements to create an image that is reminicent of ancient frescoes, with a more contemporary application and felt sense. Fresco Photography captures the splendor of architecture and nature, as well as the imperfections that come from the passage of time.

Interview with Diane Epstein, fine art photographer, about Fresco Photography:

Moss Beach Light Beams  Northern California ref# L9A3410_blu_brn_fresco
















Great Blue Herons, Vera Cruz, Mexico (cropped)

What is most “in season” with regards to your creative endeavors?
My greatest desire now is to inspire, delight, and celebrate the vitality and healing qualities of nature with my Fresco Photography.  I am experimenting with new printing and installation techniques that transform entire spaces by creating environments that connect people with nature. Through the integration of art + design, I am experimenting with  space solutions that are not only functional, but also evoke curiosity and awe, and provide a sense of refuge. I am moved to photograph what is beautiful, luminous, and life enhancing in nature and bring this energy indoors, making the interior space come to life. Projects and collaborations related to Biofilia Design and WELL Building Standard architecture fascinate me — creations meant to enhance moods, uplift spirits, and improve the well-being of those who work, live or visit the building where the art is integrated into the space.

What is Fresco Photography?
Fresco Photography is an approach I developed that involves superimposing images of fragments of faded walls and textural remnants onto scenes of ancient trees, arches, columns, sculptures, still life, and panoramic vistas to create a fresco-like image. The ultimate result captures the splendor and balance of architectural and natural formations, as well as their imperfections that come from the evolution and unfolding of time.

Foggy Ragusa   Sicily   ref# 8753_fresco   

 Lake Berryessa Field  Northern California ref# L9A0450_fresco

















Where did the term Fresco Photography come from?
I took inspiration for the term from the ancient art of frescoes, or affreschi in Italian. This method of art uses a technique of mural painting using freshly laid plaster where the painting becomes an integral part of the wall.

How would you describe the process of creating your Fresco Photography?
The fresco effect is created by overlaying  multiple exposures in varying degrees of translucency, keeping intact the integrity of the original photograph.  I aim to convey a certain mystique – to capture the genuine, underlying, visceral traces of what I see – rather than holding on to the literalness of an untouched photograph. 

What are the central themes in your work?
Themes in my work include illumination, the enchanting beauty of nature, as well as the residual and aesthetic effects of transformation through time. You can see these themes in almost all of my explorations of hidden gardens, ancient stone and trees, statues, angels, arches, cupolas, monuments, and across bridges and secret paths that I encounter in my meanderings.

What do you hope to bring to light and convey with your Fresco Photography?
I aim to capture the age-old patina of a fresco, yet convey a contemporary, visually poetic image. I like to experiment with illumination and give contour and substance to emotions and experiences we cherish – love, hope, nature, nourishment, cultural exploration, healing, solitude and connection.

I take a closer look at the story behind everything I capture, from a feminine figure in flight to an immense, surreal Buddha sitting in a field, revealing a tranquil point in a revolving world.  I endeavor to capture those intimate places and spaces where time stands still in a way that allows the observer to feel a sense of abandonment, to breath in the fragrance of an unfamiliar place, and experience the luminosity of the present moment.

Which artists have influenced your photographic predilections?
Impressionism as a movement had a profound effect on me.  Renoir, in particular, whose figures emanated such vulnerability and strength has been a great influence. His sensual, almost spiritual interpretations of scenes, and the subtle layers of light he used have made a genuine impression on my artistic endeavors. Turner’s watercolor, “Modern Rome, Campo Vacino”, with its iridescent glow made me see Rome and the Roman Forum with new eyes. The Pictorialism photographers, particularly Steichen, the “Flatiron Building” and its chromatic study of architecture at twilight, as well as the circle of the movement he began, gave me great insight into the artistic potential of the photographic medium.

Abandonment Paris, France ref# DSCF5881_gold_fresco

Abandonment        Paris, France

Intuition ref# DSCF1698_fresco Ayutthaya, Thailand

Sixth Sense        Ayutthaya, Thailand

Which recent aquisitions of your Fresco Photography has brought a sense that you have reached a new level of respect for the work you do?
I was invited to the home of one of the largest collectors of the most prominent fine art photographers.  We talked of her vision with design and art, and her particular interest in photography.  She asked to see some of my images and invited me to view a private gallery of her collection, which included photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edward Weston and Ansel Adams.  I was with my twin sister, staring at Diane Arbus’s Identical Twins thinking to myself that these girls reminded me of my twin sister and me at that age.   I was thinking how wonderful it would be to have my fresco images in this private gallery, but wondered if she was interested in a photographer who was alive and working, and more importantly, if there was any space to be had in these hallways.  She eventually walked me into the adjoining room, and said she had only two walls left, which happened to be above the bathtub.  She spoke to me about what she envisioned, particularly nude frescoes, and soon after, these are the two photographs she acquired, Immersed and Derriere’.  I have such great admiration for her world-class collection, and felt honored and humbled to have my images share the space with, undoubtedly, the greatest photographs of our time.

A 44 x 65″ fresco photograph of Immersed is also presently being exhibited at the Gerald Bland gallery in New York City. 

Immersed (Female Torso in Water) Rome, Italy

  Derriere    Rome, Italy


















What are the challenges you deal with when it comes to being a photographic artist?
As a photographer I want to capture the physical splendor and the atmospheric impressions that move me. As an artist I want to create an aura of tranquility yet still find an edge, a depth in my creations.

My primary challenge is to be provocative, to give the viewer something to question, something to ponder, while also bringing out the beauty in decay, the residual effects of time and change, and to embrace the fragility we often deny in the world around us, especially when it comes to aging.

Where do you exhibit your Fresco Photography?
I have exhibited my fresco photography internationally in galleries, museums, boutique hotels, universities, as well as private and public collections in Italy, Asia and in the U.S., including exhibitions in Rome at the American Academy, the American Embassy, the Belgian Ambassador’s Residence and the Paolo Antonacci Gallery. I am presently showing my work in galleries or showrooms in New York, Boston, Washington, DC. and  San Francisco Bay Area. 

If people are interested in learning more or acquiring Diane Epstein Photography, how should they contact you? You can contact me via email: or visit my website:  Additionally, by appointment, we can speak by phone in the U.S: 415.916.2003

Fine Art | Fresco Photography by Diane Epstein | Gerald Bland Gallery, New York

Gerald Bland Gallery, Diane Epstein Phtography was shown at GB’s previous gallery on Madison Avenue, New York, and now her works are on display in their new location in the Fine Arts Building,232 East 59th Street, 6th Floor, New York.