Opening Reception: Friday, March 24 7 PM to 9 PM
In today’s world of instant gratification with the proliferation of cell phone cameras, everyone can be a photographer. The majority of images we see today are projected at their viewers via phones, tablets, computer monitors, and television screens and shared on websites like Facebook and Flickr. While printmaking was developed to create and distribute multiples, the printed piece is becoming less necessary as a tool for distribution. Much of the printed imagery being produced is done via a digital device. However, there are many traditional printmaking techniques that require the artist’s hand. The emphasis is shifting to be more about the unique quality the process brings to the art, and less about the multiples printed from the matrix. This is also true for photographs printed by hand, referred to as alternative process photography.
This exhibit is designed to bring awareness to hand printed photographs and traditional printed images and to emphasize the art of the hand-made print. There has been a resurgence of interest in historic photographic processes including: Daguerreotypes, Tintypes (wet plate and dry plate), Salt prints, Cyanotypes, Platinum/Palladium prints, Gum Bichromate prints, Van Dyke Brown prints, Albumen prints and Bromoil. Black and white gelatin silver prints, considered the standard for many years, is now becoming an alternative process and is considered hand made. Traditional printmaking processes include woodcut, linocut, etching, letterpress, lithography, screenprint, and monotype.
Every image in this exhibit will have been touched, not with white gloved-hands, but actually touched by the artist in the making of the image itself. No digitally printed images will be included.