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Preview: Ian Ruhter “Silver & Light”, Fahey Klein Gallery,LA

In Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on October 21, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Ian Ruhter Exhibition

 

A new exhibit for Ian Ruhter:

Ian Ruhter had been working as a successful commercial and sports photographer when he first discovered the wet plate collodion process.The nineteenth century photographic process involves pouring a liquid mixture of iodides, bromides, and a solution called collodion over a glass or aluminum plate. The plate is then bathed in silver nitrate, making it light-sensitive. The plate must then be quickly exposed and developed in just a few minutes, before the collodion dries and loses sensitivity. The process is expensive, laborious, and extremely unpredictable. Temperature and moisture affect the chemicals greatly and can entirely alter the developing process, ruining a wet plate. But the results of this labor intensive process are undeniable– a completely unique and incredibly detailed image, with rich layers of silver suspended in emulsion producing a three dimensional effect. Because the process is produced and controlled entirely by hand, each plate is inherently unique, with the chemicals’ process leaving irregular and impossible to reproduce beautiful ghostly shadows, halos, and ripples in each plate.

Now through November 29.

For more information:Fahey/Klein Gallery

 

 

Notable: Eadweard Muybridge Panorama, Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on October 16, 2014 at 10:56 am
San Francisco Panorama, Eadweard Muybridge

San Francisco Panorama, Eadweard Muybridge

The adage is that things used to be made better. There are multiple pieces of evidence, however,  they didn’t always recognize how good was the quality. Case in point, this great find:

This San Francisco Panorama photograph by Eadweard Muybridge hung in the Crocker Land Company offices at 560 Market Street for decades. Recently it was rediscovered by a collector who recognized its value as one of the rare Muybridge panoramic views of San Francisco measuring over seven feet long and housed in a handsome period wooden frame.

11 mounted prints, 1877. Printed & mounted by TE Hecht circa 1895, from Muybridge’s original negatives.

Dimensions:
Frame: 19-1/2” x 97-3/8”
Mount: 11-7/8” x 89-7/8”

It’s not that often a photo with size this staggering, let alone the provenance, appears on the scene. Add to the fact that it so beautifully portrays one of America’s most admired cities, any fan of photography within a stone’s throw of the Golden Gate should give it a look.

For More Information: Scott Nichols Gallery

Notable: Peter Treiber “Ethereal Luminescence” Kickstarter Campaign

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on October 14, 2014 at 10:52 am
Image Courtesy of Peter Treiber

Image Courtesy of Peter Treiber

Emboldened by the response received thus far for his “Ethereal Luminescence” work, Peter Treiber is looking to take the plunge and display his works at Spectrum Miami. If unfamiliar, Spectrum Miami is a five day juried art fair featuring everyone from the artists themselves to the publishers themselves. Success and exposure here could help launch Treiber land his next great opportunity.

These photographs were created with a new and unique camera technique which I created and which viewers seem to love. The New York art critic and writer, Renee Phillips, described this work as, “…a mesmerizing symphonic explosion of color, light and motion.” One of Renee’s readers, C. J., said, “I’m never at a loss for words…count this series of photographic fine art as a first! Thank you for showing your exceptional art to us.” Philadelphia’s Broad Street Review art critic, Anne R. Fabbri, described “Ethereal Luminescence” as “…”dynamic, abstract compositions in vivid, pulsating colors… raises one’s energy level— just what’s needed.”

With these photographs I seek to interpret the joy, excitement and pleasure of public events, such as, fireworks, light shows, urban street scenes and amusement parks. My primary criteria as a photographer is to make beautiful images, but to make that beauty eye-catching, both dynamic and fascinating.

The union between the motion we live in and still photography which captures that motion seems to be the place where this “dynamic beauty” fuses.

Through its abstraction, these photographs interweave the drama and excitement of the vibrant and colorful public places that we enjoy so much.

Treiber has already reserved the space and is looking for help in order cover the costs of the risk he is taking. As fans of his, we find the risk to be well worth it and hope he reaches his funding goal. Those interested in contributing will have until November 7th to make a pledge.

To find out more or contribute: Peter Treiber Kickstarter

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