Rematerializing Photography (Art in America)


From Leah Ollman’s article in Art in America:

“Driving the five artists discussed here––Christopher Colville, Klea McKenna, Matthew Brandt, Farrah Karapetian, and Chris McCaw––are impulses shared by at least a dozen others at present. Their values run against the efficiency sought by the photographic mainstream.

They favor the messy, cumbersome, and slow.
Many came upon their processes by accident,
and all negotiate a balance between chance and control.

Their methods are idiosyncratic and call attention to themselves, to physicality, duration, texture. Their results are one-of-a-kind, and often imperfect by conventional standards. All have foundations in analog processes (“photography the hard way”) and revere the alchemy of the darkroom, the sense of wonder that remains a primary association with the medium.

“Rock, Paper, Scissors”
Unique Chromogenic Photograms From Ice, Silhouetted
Farrah Karapetian (2013)

Untitled Work of Fire. 10×8.
Unique gunpowder generated silver gelatin print
Chris Colville (2013)