A self-taught photographer, was born 1962 in Colorado.
For as long as he can remember, he has been taking photographs. He
picked up his first camera at the age of seven and instantly became
obsessed with the nature of the medium. After spending many years
photographing during family vacations his passion for photography
led to a career as a freelance architectural photographer for a decade
in Boston and San Francisco. Preuss decided to take a break from
photography and explored the world of furniture design in Chicago.
After several years he realized how much he missed photography and
decided to seek it out once again, this time as an art form. However,
the things that he learned about lines and shapes stayed with him
and became an integral part of his art today.
Another great passion in his life is 19th century art and antiques. Often he
feels his soul is in this period of time. This is probably why he creates his
photographs with antique large-format cameras and explores vintage printing techniques
such as hand-coated platinum-palladium. Consequently the images he captures have
a warm inner beauty with a distinct vintage feel to them.
Preuss describes his photographic style as poetic, classic and timeless. His
photographic aesthetic is simple elegance, the simplicity is achieved by a synthesis
of all of the dimensions of his medium, each one of which he carries to a point
of high complexity. Tone, line, shape and light are of equal importance to him;
Preuss's images evince his balanced appreciation of and concern and respect for
range of photography's possibilities.