I was reading Cassell’s Cyclopaedia of Photography (1911) last night and found an entry that I can’t resist sharing. It’s a summary of poisons that an early photographer may have encountered in their darkroom. Some of these chemicals are still…Continue Reading →
At the moment I am reading Dick Stevens’ excellent book, Kallitype: The Processes And The History. I’m fascinated by the way photographic history repeats itself: Some felt that contemporary printmaking had been simplified till little remained but “slavish following of…Continue Reading →
I believe that I should make proof prints from every negative. The reason is simple: even if the developed negative doesn’t look good, there must have been something in the composition that made me want to make the picture, and…Continue Reading →
The platinum/palladium printing community is quite small – perhaps 500 committed printers worldwide* and only a handful in Europe. I was very sad to hear that we have lost one of our rising starts, my friend David Chow, who died…Continue Reading →
Making art is not about finding the easiest or most enjoyable path: it is about finding the right path. We have to focus on what’s important, avoid time wasting distractions, and then keep going until we have said all we have to say. And that means we have to make choices about what to say and how we say it.
“Our task is not to find the maximum amount of content in a work of art… Our task is to cut back content so that we can see the thing at all.” ~ Susan Sontag.
This task is, I believe, as important for art creators as it is for art consumers
He looked at an image, and saw a picture. She looked further, and saw a meaning.
There is some very muddled thinking going on when critics attack the Westerrn art canon because it celebrates lots of white male artists and very few non-white or women artists. Here’s a recent example from the Huffington Post: www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/02/female-portrait_n_5752620.html Why…Continue Reading →
Yesterday the new glass for my vacuum frame finally arrived. My darkroom is finally complete and I can start to print again. At last!
I sometimes feel like I’m living on a small island in the middle of a vast and fast flowing river of images. Every time I go online I see amazing pictures. This cascade of images should be a joy, but there…Continue Reading →