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Osceola Refetoff

"I set out to photograph the melancholy of decay and transience of human endeavor.  Through it all, I tried to imagine who lived in these places, and capture the views these dreamers and broken spirits considered while looking out these windows."

Lone Trailer Home - Sunrise - Cinco, CA - 2010

Lone Trailer Home - Sunrise - Cinco, CA - 2010



Osceola Refetoff

TAM Torrance Art Museum

3320 Civic Center Dr N, Torrance, California 90503



Osceola Refetoff‘s interest is in documenting humanity’s impact on the world – both the intersection of nature and industry, and the narratives of the people living at those crossroads. He holds an MFA from New York University's Graduate Film Program, where he earned the “Paulette Goddard” and “Warner Bros Fellowships.” His films have been broadcast in France (TV1), Spain (Canal+) and the United States (PBS), receiving numerous awards. 


Refetoff’s photography is featured in The Los Angeles Times, Hemispheres, and WhiteHot magazine, amongst other publications. He earned the 2015 Outdoor Writers Assoc of California Award for “Best Outdoor Feature Photograph” and the2014 OWAC award for “Best Outdoor Photographic Series;" and exhibited at Photo LA, the San Diego Art Institute, Art Platform-LA, and numerous Month of Photography Los Angeles and Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 solo and group exhibitions. In addition, he operates Chungking Studio, a portrait studio, commercial production and exhibition space on historic Chung King Road in Los Angeles’ Chinatown.


Refetoff’s directorial background informs his approach to photography in a variety of ways. His parallel careers as a location scout and as an editorial and fine art photographer are each characterized by an evocative, cinematic understanding of how scale, point of view, architecture, and motion can be expressed as both information about and experience of a given place. His current focus is an expansive set of portfolios surveying the human presence in the deserts of the American West. His fine art photography can be viewed at his website