Whether it's of person, place or thing, Lanzara's signature images lay bare his subjects' deeper metaphysical and spiritual sides while celebrating the natural world around them. His work has a sense of a foregone age coupled with a filmic, analog quality which to some is a fresh respite from the souped-up and artificial images spawned of the digital age and Photoshop. A careful review of his work finds many of his compositions rooted in subliminal angles and symmetry, while saturated colors or stark white and black emphasize each other. Faces are introspective, pensive, piercing.
With a nod to the Old Master painters and the chiaroscuro and "northern light" for which they are famous, Lanzara typically relies on natural light and its range of qualities as his primary light source and finds that when in studio the light from a window usually illuminates his subjects better than the imposition of many artificial sources.
Lanzara's experience as a creative director gives him the "big picture" perspective in conceptualizing photographic stories that resonate with clients' needs. He is an avid art and photography collector and draws upon an expansive mental database of imagery, history, social- and cultural anecdotes in previsualizing and styling photographic stories.
Lanzara divides his time between Philadelphia and northern New Jersey. He was born in New York City, grew up in New Jersey's horse country, and has lived three years in Europe, mostly in Spain, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Among his leading photographic influences are Richard Avedon, Peter Lindbergh, Paolo Roversi, Deborah Turbeville, Ralph Gibson, Helmut Newton, Ellen von Unwerth, Sante D'Orazio, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Francis Bacon, and Andrew Wyeth.