Academic journal article The Southern Review

Artist's Statement

Academic journal article The Southern Review

Artist's Statement

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The darkroom is essential to my work process as a photographer, whether it involves traditional methods or experimentation. I have worked with the materials and processes of light-sensitive, gelatin-silver-based photography since 1970. Recently, two years spent volunteering at the Sherman Fairchild Photographic Conservation laboratory at the Metropolitan Museum of Art immersed me in the field of photograph conservation and fed my deep interest in the history of photographic materials.

As technology evolves, so does my interest in materiality. Working without a camera or negatives in the darkroom led me to experiment with using a flashlight to draw on light-sensitive photographic paper. This created bold geometric abstractions. My light drawings series Light Horse and Dark Horse, from which this portfolio is assembled, grew from my lifelong admiration of horses. This admiration spurred a desire to draw representational images. I am a photographer, so this was foreign territory. As I created these light drawings, what I discovered was the beauty of the magnificent tones of silver gelatin that only exist through the basic photographic processes of light and chemistry. …

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