Bill Rastetter

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America, b.1948
Bill often works at the boundary of photography and painting. His intent is to produce a photographic print that appears to have been created with paintbrush and color palette. “Graffiti Mash-Up, 2014” is indeed a collection of large, color photographs. Yet, none of the “subjects” of the photographs actually exist in the natural world.

How can that be? These images have not been created by “manipulating” single-image photographs in Photoshop. Rather, each photograph has been created by overlaying two, full-frame, 60-megapixel photographs. This has been done in a way to allow the viewer to see the bottom image “through” the top image. The composite image created is unique and is a product of the photographer’s choice of what to photograph, of how to frame the subjects, and of which subjects to overlay. At the same time the Graffiti Mash-Up images are also reliant on the artistry of others who have left their works of art on the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina where the photographs were taken.

Among other work by Rastetter, perhaps the most notable are the Seascape Series. These painterly depictions of ocean and sky were created after sunset with long exposures: camera shutter typically open for 2 to 10 minutes with an “all manual” (no electronics) view camera (see photo, above). The results are soft images of sea and sky created as waves and clouds move in front of the camera lens.

Rastetter earned the S.B. degree in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.A. and Ph.D. both in chemistry from Harvard University. When not photographing, he helps fund and grow biotechnology companies. He has played significant roles in the founding and/or operations of IDEC Pharmaceuticals, Biogen Idec, Illumina, Receptos, Fate Therapeutics, Neurocrine Biosciences, Regulus Therapeutics and Cerulean Pharma. He also serves on the Advisory Council for Leerink Partners, a healthcare focused investment bank.



Street Art Reinterpreted, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA
Pinholes, Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA


Urban Landscapes, Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA


Sea and Sky, Photographs by Bill Rastetter, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA


Nighttime Seascapes, Joseph Bellows Gallery, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

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