Nadežda Nikolova-Kratzer is a photographic artist based in Oakalnad, CA. Her practice is informed by an experimental approach to early photographic processes and her interest in the image as object. Spellbound by the fluidity of wet plate collodion, a 19th century photographic process, she explores new directions in image-making by manipulating the medium while simultaneously relying on chance. The unique artifacts form a personal and growing visual language that seeks to blur the line between photography and painting.
Nikolova-Kratzer’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She was among “2016 Critical Mass Finalists” (Photolucida). LensCulture featured her series “Solvitur Ambulando” as Editors’ Pics in 2016. In 2018, Juror Morgan Post recognized her with Honorable Mention in the SohoPhoto Gallery’s 13 Annual Alternative Process Competition. In 2015, Juror Elizabeth Avedon awarded her Honorable Mention and Director Hamidah Glasgow awarded her Director’s Selection in The Center for Fine Art Photography’s juried show “Illuminate 2015.” She was awarded second place in the internationally juried “ACTINIC” Festival dedicated to alternative, historic and new analogue photo-related arts by Jurors John McNaught, Karen Harvey and Alex Boyd.