l had a wonderful time making wet plate collodion photograms with a fun and talented group of photographers. J Jason Lazarus, a photographic educator at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, had this to say:
“Nadezda did a terrific job with making the material approachable for beginners and advanced alt-pro photographers alike. Although I’ve certainly possessed a basic understanding of the process, she demystified so many elements of this complex process – one that I’ve always seen as magical… From coating the plates with silver through exposure and development, I quickly developed a cautious confidence in what I was doing thanks to Nadezda’s hands-on guidance. Students were encouraged to play with several alternative processing methods that would alter the final result – and that exploration only fueled my interest in the process even more.”
I am grateful to all the participants for making this such a rewarding workshop experience and look forward to seeing the results of their future forays into the process! Again, many thanks to Michael and Chelsea Granger at LightBox Photographic in Astoria, OR, for their hospitality and dedication to antiquarian photography.
Kaden and I are pleased that the Remnants exhibit is featured in a beautiful catalog, now available here! Many thanks to Michael Granger at LightBox Photographic.
For “Remnants,” we wished to put together an exhibition that showcases the experimental and innovative possibilities in antiquarian photography, while placing an emphasis on the crafting of the physical object.
The artists in this exhibition have each made a deliberate choice to step into the obscure and exciting world of analog photography in pursuit of their own artistic vision. A vision that is distinctly contemporary and avant-garde even as it revisits the past. A vision that rises above process (for process sake): Where the artist integrates historic technology into the narrative and uses it to shape the experience of the viewer.
Playful children are superimposed onto a forgotten playground covered by a tangle of vines, the disjointed chronology and chromatic effects suggesting remembrance and loss.
A ghost-like figure in a white gown, head invisible, arms stretched as if feeling her way through the enveloping darkness.
A male nude materializes from bands of partially applied emulsion, simulating beams of intimate light gently illuminating a beloved.
The imprint of a mummified bird, avian bones hanging like chimes: Echoes of shamanic rituals.
Still life with a scale: Distorted image of an infant floating inside a bottle is weighed against a single egg in a bird’s nest.
It is evident that artists featured in this exhibit know their craft. The investments in time and the appreciation for the handmade photograph are palpable in each image. These artists are also eager to experiment in order to construct a personal vocabulary from a palette of artifacts, as a painter might. Each unique art piece embodies the tension between chance and control, entropy and order – as if reflecting on the very nature of life.
We wish to thank everyone who submitted their work and to congratulate all artists selected to participate in this exhibit.
Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer and Kaden Kratzer
Kaden and I are overwhelmed by the quality of work submitted and overjoyed to put together an exhibition that represents at least 20 historic processes, making”Remnants” a unique survey of contemporary antiquarian photography! Congratulations to all exhibiting photographers and a special thanks to Michael and Chelsea Granger at LightBox Photographic Gallery!
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Christina Z. Anderson – Swing Set II – Jurors Award
Alex Boyd, Christina Z. Anderson, Angie Brockey, Allan Barnes, Mariana Bartolomeo, Claudio Santambrogio, Diana Bloomfield, Robert Dutruch, Jill Enfield, Libby Bulloff, Stephen Robinson, Ross Faircloth, Diane Fenster, Filipe da Veiga Ventura Alves, Jim Fitzgerald, Matthew Larson, Jason Lazarus, Jocelyn Mathewes, Melanie Walker, Eric Mertens, Michelle Rogers Pritzl, Peter Moxhay, Heather Oelklaus, Jalo Porkkala, Beverly Raynor, Rebecca Sexton Larson, Paula Riff, Robert Schaefer, Sara Silks, S. Gayle Stevens, Susan Huber, Tony Sehgal, Terry Towery, Valerie Burke, Casey Waters, James Weber, Jacqueline Webster, Jeanne Wells, Jane Wiley, Zoe Zimmerman, Addison Brown, Ryan Zoghlin, Bill Vaccaro, Jesseca Ferguson, Alan Bekhuis.
Winged Synchronicity features contemporary photographic works by Kaden Kratzer and Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer rendered in antiquarian processes, including wet plate collodion and albumen printing. As partners in art and life, Kaden and Nadezda share a visual aesthetic and an ongoing curiosity with cicadae, dragonflies, and other winged insects.
Mysterious and able to move between earth, water and air, flying insects have inspired fables, myths and symbolic interpretation since ancient times. They conjure up universal themes of change and self-realization, spiritual transformation and enlightenment, lifecycles and immortality… This body of work is partly an intuitive reaction to beautiful and beautifully grotesque natural forms and partly an intentional reference to symbols. The photogram technique and the antiquarian substrates serve to deepen the aura of metaphor and otherworldliness that envelops these liminal creatures.
Peculiarly, some of these images were created in disparate times and places, before Kaden and Nadezda knew each other or of each other’s art. It is only fitting that their debut as an art duo celebrates this seemingly meaningful coincidence – a winged synchronicity of sort.
Kaden and I are pleased to jury an exhibit at LightBox Photographic Fine Art & Printing (Astoria, OR).
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ON THE EDGE OF AVANT-GARDE AND ANTIQUARIAN PHOTOGRAPHY
September 10th – October 6th, 2016
Submission Deadline – Sunday, July 31, 2016
LightBox Photographic Gallery is pleased to announce the call for submissions for Remnants.
In Remnants, we wish to feature and exhibit original images and image objects crafted using a variety of processes from the dawn of photography. As photography moves forward in the 21st century and advances with modern technology, some artists have intentionally chosen to return to the roots of photography, incorporating antiquarian processes to further their artistic expression. These one-of-a-kind, labor intensive art pieces developed into a distinctive sub category, where art and process became intrinsically connected and in many instances inseparable. Many of these early processes involve archaic and often dangerous chemistry as well as surfaces such as metal and glass. This combination of alchemy and physicality allows the viewer to not only respond to the image itself, but also to the qualities of the particular process, it being an integral part of the piece. We seek to exhibit original images and image objects crafted using processes from the past, while looking to the future: Remnants!
We are very pleased to have Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer and Kaden Kratzer as jurors for Remnants.
Nikolova and Kratzer are modern day alchemists practicing heliograph processes of the 19th Century and the handcrafting of unique image-objects. They live in the Bay Area of California.
Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer crafts lens-less photogenic drawings (photograms) on metal and glass and also works with large-format cameras and period lenses to create tintypes and ambrotypes. In addition to being featured in various publications, including Oxford American, her work has been shown nationally and internationally and recognized with awards.
Kaden Kratzer took up photography after advanced studies in film production. In the tradition of old day alchemists, he is interested in antiquarian and obscure photographic processes of the 19th century. He studied photography in a variety of venues, including Stanford University, KALA Berkeley Art Institute, Rayko Photo Center, F295, and the George Eastman Museum. Kaden has exhibited nationally and internationally and his artwork has been recognized with awards. His work has been featured in a variety of publications, including Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes: Popular Historic and Contemporary Techniques by Jill Enfield. Kaden has been dedicated to building a community around contemporary avant-garde use of antiquarian processes and supporting artists.
Artist Talk & Workshop
Creating Photograms with Wet Plate Collodion
We will be featuring Kaden and Nadezda at LightBox for an artists talk by Kaden on Friday night and a workshop, Creating Photograms with Wet Plate Collodion, with instructor Nadezda Nikolova, during the opening weekend of the exhibit.