A quarterly publication focused on the art and the artists, reconnecting with the material of the roots photography.
There is a freight train rolling off into the night, and its taking with it everything that once was hand processed photography. The digital age has removed the focus from the photographic processes in a way that could have never been imagined. We are getting to a point that there is no material on which the image is captured upon. It is a file locked on a small piece of plastic and metal. It is a piece of the multi-functioning devices that people use today.
By Eddie Gunks
It is hard to comprehend that there are people that have never seen a negative. Its a scary disconnect from the past. No longer are there clear ties to the moments and evolutionary steps through science and hard work, mixed with passion and vision. That along with the love of the art form that the founders and creators of what became of modern chemically processed photography.
Copyright 2010 Kerik Kouklis
The photographic processes that started it all were at one time very a kin to chemistry and mixed with magic it seemed. The materials were real and the work carried weight and impact. Could you imagine the early days when the first beams of light to be captured and rendered through light sensitive chemicals and plant based emulsions were realized? What a rush that must have been to watch it grow and form and become a recognized art form.
Fast forward 150 years or so plus, and here we are. I lament over things that have should not have faded. Wisdom that was all but lost, and should never have been.
By Jody Ake
None the less I look back on the birth of photography and find myself wrapped up in the pages of Camera work and The Philadelphia Photographer, thinking to myself that there should be something like this for us.
There is luckily a group of practitioners of the early processes still creating and passing on the processes. The art work being created is beyond what the digital world can display. It is beyond what a modern camera can capture. There are no programs that you can click a filter and achieve the same outcome. This needs to be seen and held.
There are some very good honest people out there willing to help you get a good start in the field with classes and workshops, this will help them reach people. The folks that supply the cameras and the antique equipment that is getting harder to come by need a way to reach people, without being hammered down for ad money. Portrait artists and reenactment photographers will have a place to spread their names and their contact info. Let alone the amazing works of art that the professional artists are turning out in their studios.
Copyright 2011 by G.H. Crow
Thats where Collodion Quarterly comes in... which is=
Collodion Quarterly is going to a publication with a focus on wet plate photography and alternative printing processes. Within its pages you will find a collection of works from the tried and true wet plate veterans, and some of the up and coming artists.
We will be hope to compile a slew of fantastic articles and interviews with some of the top professionals working in the processes today, so as to share there hard earned wisdom with the new comers. There is an amazing opportunity for the spreading of knowledge from the old hands who have worked to obtain success and notoriety in the modern art world, while displaying stunning images using turn of the century techniques. Allowing the professionals to show you why they command the respect and title of a professional.
By Andrew Fox
There will be a well-established glossary of workshops, and other classes being offered by some of the top instructors in the industry today. You can find that class you feel you need to get your feet wet, or even as a veteran so you can work out some of the bugs you may be experiencing. There is never a time when you can’t learn a little more about the things you are passionate about. We will also be putting together an index of trusted suppliers who you can get the products you need to go further with your artistic vision then ever before, while not having to worry if you are going to get a good product or good service.
Also there are going to be reproductions of some of the important publications and articles written by the founders of the processes, you can find some interesting and lost tidbits in those old pages. You will also find clips and facts about what it took to evolve to the point that we now. It is important to remember where you have been, while you are breaking new ground.
By Tai Oliphant
You will find a calendar of events, which will involve gallery openings for the outstanding photographers, so you can see the pieces you have seen online in person. It will also have dates for large gatherings and anything else that would be of interest to the community of world wet plate and alternative process artists.
You will also find the publication littered with work of some of the most outstanding and well known working artists in the world. While also finding some of the work of the people that are just cutting their teeth. There will be clear and defined contrast between the works, and the artists themselves. Yet they will all come together to create one of the (hopefully) visually and mentally stimulating publications we have seen in a long time.
Being that this is a non-profit project, it will be up to the community to shape the way it evolves and grows. I will personally devote all the time and energy; let alone the passion and vigor it will take to bring it all together. If we all stand together in the hopes and aspirations of this project and give our honest and true influence and opinions, we could end up with an outstanding publication that everyone feels they are a part of.
Thank you to everyone for all the support and advice thus-far, there is no way it would be shaping up without all of your input and guidance.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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