Iveta Butler


Artist Statement

Old photographs have always invoked not only beauty but also a certain mystery and emotion in me. When I was introduced to darkroom processing and printing, I instantly knew that black and white film photography was my artistic journey. I love to be hands on with the entire process of creating. I work with medium format film cameras and 35mm film cameras. Some of my cameras provide clarity and sharpness, while others are more about simplicity, creating spontaneous, dreamy effects. In the darkroom, to express my artistic vision further, I like to do traditional printing, but also different techniques such as manipulation of chemicals on light sensitive paper, double-exposures, solarization, photograms, collaging and painting.

My images and stories are based on my inner world and things that surround me on a daily basis. The nature in me and nature around me is a significant source of inspiration for my art. As a woman and as a photographer I am here to feel, touch, be mindful and be gentle. Through my art I am revealing joys and fears, things that hold me back and things that push me further.


Iveta Butler is a black and white film photographer, who currently lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona. Iveta was born and raised in Slovakia. After college she decided to travel and she eventually settled in Charleston, South Carolina together with her husband.

In 2015 she partnered with two local photographers to build The Charleston Darkroom, where photo projects were created and workshops and classes were offered for heritage film photographers of all ages and experience levels.

In Charleston, Iveta was also managing Tara Vis Gallery, a photography gallery that featured the work of photographers from all over the world and also many local and emerging photographers. Iveta’s work was shown in various locations in Charleston, including her most recent project Super(Natural) Woman, a collection of double-exposure photographs. Currently, Iveta is discovering the beauty of the West, falling in love with Arizona, and getting ideas for new upcoming projects.

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