Lutter’s most prominent work utilizes a room-sized camera obscura to capture large black and white negative images. The subject matter of her images varies greatly between urban centers, industrial landscapes, abandoned factories, and transit sites, such as shipyards, airports, and train stations. Many of her images present locations in and around New York, as well as several international venues.
The artist’s camera obscura pictures are informed by an interest in parallels between the beginnings of industrial development in the 19th century and the discovery of photography as a chemical process. Progressing simultaneously, both phenomena are responsible for unfathomable changes in the way we live and trade information. Investigating these parallels, Lutter finds sublime beauty within the destructive power inherent in industrial accomplishment, focusing on the monumental, the sublime, and the overbearing appearance and threatening function of mechanized objects and technology.
In recent years, Lutter has worked with several forms of digital media, including image projection installation, film, and sound recording. Her two projects, One Day, a twenty-four hour sound and video installation, and Albanescent, an ongoing photographic observation of the moon, focus on light and its ability to create notions of time and movement within a tangible image.