Light Sensitive 2018 Exhibition
A Juried Exhibition Celebrating Images from the Darkroom
Art Intersection presents Light Sensitive, an exhibition of photography created using traditional darkroom and alternative photographic processes. scott b. davis, artist and founder of the San Diego based Medium Festival of Photography, served as this year’s juror.
Internationally acknowledged as a signature exhibition for this art genre, Light Sensitive presents artwork created using traditional darkroom and alternative photographic processes. With the current trend of imagery presented on computer screens and the overwhelming volume of digitally generated prints, Light Sensitive serves to reaffirm and promote the art of handcrafted prints uniquely belonging to the tradition of light sensitive creative processes.
Work in this year’s exhibition comes from national and international artists, and includes processes of cyanotype, gelatin silver, lumen, gum bichromate, tintype, chromogenic, mordançage, carbon, ziatype, and more. During the exhibition, Art Intersection will select three artists from Light Sensitive to present additional work in the forthcoming exhibition, (re)View.
About the Juror
scott b. davis is an artist and founder of the Medium Festival of Photography. His photographs are created with wooden view cameras ranging in size from 8” x 10” to 16” x 20”. His photographs explore the Sonoran desert and ordinary urban spaces in the American landscape. davis’s photographic prints are made by hand using the exquisite 19th century process of platinum printing.
His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, the Village Voice, the New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, and other print media. davis’s photographs have been collected by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Pier 24 in San Francisco, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Museum of Photographic Arts, and others.
The aptly titled exhibition Light Sensitive is a celebration of contemporary artists working with chemically based photographic processes. Each of the artists on view maintains a connection to the earliest practitioners of photography, spanning both time and space. They utilize an understanding of the alchemical techniques that defined the first 170 years of the medium, exploring the creative possibilities of photographic expression in the 21st century. Collectively, their interest in and commitment to the roots of photography provides a sense of continuity as its dynamic history continues to be written.
Each artist in Light Sensitive is represented by two works, offering insight into their unique vision, and greater understanding of their creative process. The photographs on view range from abstract images that defy our expectations of photography to others that affirm our belief in the medium’s inherent specificity. Taken as a whole, these works exemplify one of the most diverse periods in photography’s nearly 200-year history, and celebrate the potential of materials in constant use since that time.
The selection of images is based on a set of common criteria, including consistency of vision, a masterful use of the chosen process, and a fearless approach to light sensitive chemistry. Altogether these works offer a window into the evolution and direction of photography in the 21st century.
scott b. davis, February 2018
Images in Light Sensitive 2018
M. Apparition, Gwen Arkin, Mariana Bartolomeo, Kayla Bedey, Susan Berger, Carol Byron, Granville Carroll, Kimberly Chiaris, Douglas Collins, Sarah S. Curley, Mark Edward Dawson, Anne M. Eder, Clara Ewert, Peter Friedrichsen, Rebecca Lynn Fuller, Camden Hardy, Jeannie Hutchins, Christian Klant, Santosh Kumar Korthiwada, Dida Kutz, Luigi Luccarelli, Roger Matsumoto, Meagan Murphy, Allison Nichols, David Ondrik, Cyd Peroni, Roy Pope, Michael T. Puff, Mary West Quin, Robert Renfrow, Amanda Scheutzow, Phyllis Schwartz, Brian Seek, Shesaidred, Sara Silks, Kellie Smith, Brianna Tadeo, Benjamin Timpson, Amanda Tinker, Shari Trennert, Kathleen Velo, Thomas A. Webster, Ryan Zoghlin
Header image credit, left to right: M. Apparition, Amanda Tinker, and Jeannie Hutchins