Artists featured in this exhibit are:
All images in this exhibit started with light and then were
printed by hand using various processes. These processes date
back to times when photography was born and when a photographer
had to go into a very time consuming journey to make a single
Why would these old, time consuming, and many times cumbersome
processes still be used today in a time when it can be so easy
to make a print by the touch of the button?
The answer is simple; the beauty and uniqueness of these prints
is unquestionable. Artists can select a particular process to
convey a desired feel to fine-tune their ideas. Since the emulsion
is usually applied by hand it can become a part of the composition
and each print is as unique as a painting. The processes can
cross into other media, especially printmaking, and their use
is further being explored in combinations with the digital process.
Even though these processes are old, there is nothing old fashioned
about them; the image can be as contemporary or as timeless
as an artist chooses it to be.
These processes are chemical, using different materials. Some
are costly, for example platinum. They are usually very stable
archivally. We know now, they will last over a century.
When I was selecting works for this exhibit, I was looking for
a diversity of the processes and an individuality of each piece,
rather then looking for a cohesive theme. In my knowledge, most
of these artists produce only limited amount of the alternative
process images beside their usual work, and so these images
are not shown that often. I wanted to bring them out to show
that these processes are not forgotten and probably never will.
The proof is in a new generation of image makers included in
this exhibit beside more experienced artists.