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A short presentation about my 'alternative' photographic process work that also included an incredibly over-simplified history of photography, and a discussion about the nervous ground occupied by the ...

A short presentation about my 'alternative' photographic process work that also included an incredibly over-simplified history of photography, and a discussion about the nervous ground occupied by the

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original copies: the handmade photograph in the age of digital re/production original copies: the handmade photograph in the age of digital re/production Presentation Transcript

  • ORIGINAL COPIESTHE HANDMADE PHOTOGRAPH IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL RE/PRODUCTION
  • A BRIEF HISTORY
  • A BRIEF HISTORYPhotography could havebeen invented in Europeas early as the 1700s
  • A BRIEF HISTORYPhotography could havebeen invented in Europeas early as the 1700s The Camera Obscura was discovered in ancient times
  • A BRIEF HISTORYPhotography could havebeen invented in Europeas early as the 1700s The Camera Obscura was discovered in ancient times J.H. Schulze discovers the light sensitive properties in a solution of chalk, silver and nitric acid
  • ENGLAND V. FRANCE
  • ENGLAND V. FRANCEPhotography isdiscovered twiceindependently byWilliam Henry FoxTalbot & Niépce andLouis Daguerre in theearly 1800s
  • ENGLAND V. FRANCEPhotography isdiscovered twiceindependently byWilliam Henry FoxTalbot & Niépce andLouis Daguerre in theearly 1800sTalbot’s Calotype is themore accurate ancestorof film photography, asit produced a negativethat lent itself to
  • “They say it was the painters who gave us photography.I say: No. It was the Chemists” -Barthes
  • EGGS, SALT AND FLOWER PETALS
  • EGGS, SALT AND FLOWER PETALSPhotography exits in astate of flux for decadeswith muchexperimentation
  • EGGS, SALT AND FLOWER PETALSPhotography exits in astate of flux for decadeswith muchexperimentationDozens of methods areinvented, using manydiverse materials suchas albumen (eggwhites) and solutionsmade of crushed flowerpetals
  • ATLANTIC WAREHOUSE: CYANOTYPE AND VAN DYKE BROWN
  • PHOTOGRAPHY SOLIDIFIES
  • PHOTOGRAPHY SOLIDIFIESFilm based on the silvergelatin is introduced in1884 by Kodak, the boxcamera soon follows
  • PHOTOGRAPHY SOLIDIFIESFilm based on the silvergelatin is introduced in1884 by Kodak, the boxcamera soon followsBy the end of World WarI silver gelatin hadalmost completelyreplaced all otherprocesses
  • PHOTOGRAPHY SOLIDIFIESFilm based on the silvergelatin is introduced in1884 by Kodak, the boxcamera soon followsBy the end of World WarI silver gelatin hadalmost completelyreplaced all otherprocessesFor most applicationsthe process offers the
  • “ALTERNATIVE” PROCESSES
  • “ALTERNATIVE” PROCESSESRe-emergence datehard to quantify — safeto say mid-to-late-1980s
  • “ALTERNATIVE” PROCESSESRe-emergence datehard to quantify — safeto say mid-to-late-1980sHelped into thevocabulary by the Mike& Doug Starn
  • “ALTERNATIVE” PROCESSESRe-emergence datehard to quantify — safeto say mid-to-late-1980sHelped into thevocabulary by the Mike& Doug StarnThe moniker“alternative” may be areflection of the times— coincides
  • NOTABLE FEATURES
  • NOTABLE FEATURESImperfections
  • NOTABLE FEATURESImperfectionsObvious markers of ahand wrought process
  • NOTABLE FEATURESImperfectionsObvious markers of ahand wrought processPainterly vs.Photographicconventions
  • THE AURA OF THE ORIGINAL
  • THE AURA OF THE ORIGINALPhotography struggles(perhaps unnecessarily)with its own validity
  • THE AURA OF THE ORIGINALPhotography struggles(perhaps unnecessarily)with its own validityThe double-layeredstigma of the copy is amajor factors
  • THE AURA OF THE ORIGINALPhotography struggles(perhaps unnecessarily)with its own validityThe double-layeredstigma of the copy is amajor factorsSuspicion of art byapparatus is another
  • THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCIDENT
  • THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCIDENT
  • EACH REPRODUCTION IS AN ORIGINAL WORK
  • MORE EXAMPLES
  • POLAROID TRANSFER & MANIPULATION
  • SX-70 MANIPULATION
  • INK JET TRANSFER