Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography or Back to the Basics?

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Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
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Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography features the work of seven artists who explore the essence of analog photography, distilling it to its basic components of light-sensitive emulsions and chemical development and challenging us to see the medium anew. Coinciding with the exhibition opening, Virginia Heckert, head of the Getty Museum's Department of Photographs and curator of the exhibition, sits down with three of the featured photographers—Marco Breuer, John Chiara, and Alison Rossiter—to discuss their work, their engagement with the essential elements of photography, and the challenges they present to our understanding of the medium.

 
Sierra at Edison, 2012, John Chiara. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council. © John Chiara. 

Sierra at Edison, 2012, John Chiara. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council. © John Chiara. 

Working since the early 1990s without a camera or film, Marco Breuer subjects black-and-white and color photographic papers to various acts of burning, abrading, or scraping to create nonrepresentational works that have the immediacy of abstract drawings. Recent exhibitions include: Zero Base, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY (2015); Line of Sight, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA (2011); and New Pictures 2: Marco Breuer, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN (2010). 

Loading oversized custom-built cameras with photographic paper rather than film negatives, John Chiara creates unique large-scale color prints that convey a hands-on aesthetic characterized by irregular edges and unevenly saturated colors. Recent exhibitions include Coahoma County, Clarksdale, MS (2014); A Sense of Place, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA (2014); and John Chiara: Los Angeles Project, RoseGallery, Santa Monica, CA (2013).

Since she started working with sheets of expired gelatin silver paper in 2007, Alison Rossiter uses ordinary darkroom techniques to bring to life found photograms and compositions that are uncannily reminiscent of landscapes or mid-twentieth-century painterly abstractions. Recent exhibitions includeLight Sensitive, Columbus College of Art and Design, OH (2015), Paper Wait, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY (2015); Revive, Light Work, Syracuse, NY (2014); and Expiry, Les Recontres d'Arles Photographie, Arles, France (2013). 


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