Show Dates: 2007-04-01 - 2007-04-30|
Artist: Jim Schwall
Almost all of my photography of the last ten years or so combines figures and natural-area landscapes. Although I have worked with just about every possible photographic subject, from archeological documentation to abstracts, these are the two genres I find endlessly interesting, especially in combination.
I have, from time to time, used various color printing techniques, including color-separation press work, color laser printing, and color reversal. However, my preferred printing process uses a combination of Civil-War-era techniques, cyanotype, kallitype and gum arabic, collectively called non-silver printing, or more accurately, pre-silver printing. All eventually fell into disuse with the advent of silver gelatin printing, now the standard black-and-white process.
All of the pre-silver processes are contact printed
(negative-size equals print-size) using sunlight.
Each uses a different relatively-benign chemistry,
cyanotype printing out blueprint blue, kallitype Van
Dyke brown, and gum arabic taking its color from added pigments.
I have donated the prints to CONUNDRUM Inter-Arts Society, a tax-exempt non-profit. All proceeds from sales will support CONUNDRUMâ€™s multi-arts theatrical programming.