experimental processes and possibilities

Cameraless photographer by Alison Rossiter
A darkroom player who uses expired photographic papers from the 19th & 20th century to make pictures. Rossiter employs two processes in her work, time and darkroom play. She seeks out in boxes of expired photographic papers latent images left behind- fingerprints, mold, light leaks etc. – that can only be made by time. Or she selectively develops photographic papers by dipping and pouring, allowing the chemistry to make marks and shapes.
Video: Rossiter explains her work

Alison Rossiter (American, born 1953) Haloid Platina, exact expiration date unknown, about 1915, processed 2010 2010 Gelatin silver print

Alison Rossiter (American, born 1953)
Haloid Platina, exact expiration date unknown, about 1915, processed 2010
2010
Gelatin silver print

Alison Rossiter Eastman Kodak Velox, expired August 1941, processed 2013

Alison Rossiter
Eastman Kodak Velox, expired August 1941, processed 2013

Chemical creations by Mariah Robertson

Robertson’s image making process is all about chemical reactions and chance on photographic paper, led by instinct and informed by her formal experiences in the darkroom. The resulting abstractions are the result of experiments with darkroom chemistry, temperature and time (15hrs per 100′ roll).

Video: Mariah Robertson ART21 Close Up

Mariah Robertson 267, 2014 unique chemical treatment on RA-4 paper 73 x 88 x 2-3/4 inches

Mariah Robertson
267, 2014
unique chemical treatment on RA-4 paper
73 x 88 x 2-3/4 inches

Mariah Robertson Part Picture • group show at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MoCCA), Toronto • May 2 - 31, 2015

Mariah Robertson
Part Picture • group show at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MoCCA), Toronto • May 2 – 31, 2015

Alchemical quest of Ilan Wolff

Wolff’s series 4-Elements uses light (obviously) and the elements air, fire, water and earth. Heat for fire and earth, cold for water and for air the classic technique employing light energy. The images in his 4-Elements series record the chemical interactions that take place when photographic paper is subjected to an element as well as reveal a sensation of the element.

Ilan Wolff - 4 Elements Series - Water

Ilan Wolff – 4 Elements Series – Water

Ilan Wolf - 4 Elements Series - Earth

Ilan Wolf – 4 Elements Series – Earth

Website: Ilan Wolff’s website gallery

Rossiter, Robertson and Wolff all use performance and chance in combination with darkroom techniques in the processes of their work.

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