Salt, Silver, and Sun:
Historic Processes by Photographers Today

Guest Curated by Brenton Hamilton

March 11 - April 18, 2015

Opening Reception | Saturday, March 14, 3-5 pm

Talk by Brenton Hamilton on Historical Processes | Sunday, March 22, 2pm

About the Work

In response to today's ubiquitous presence of digital photography, a Renaissance is in vogue which explores many 19th century processes dating from photography's origins in 1838 by Louis Daguerre's use of metal plates in Paris and  England's Henry Talbot Fox's calotypes dependent in part on salt, silver nitrate and sunlight shortly thereafter.  

To call attention to the importance of historical processes currently practiced by many Maine photographers, Brenton Hamilton, photographer, photo historian and longtime MMW faculty member, has invited 16 artists to exhibit anthotype, carbon, collodion, cyanotype, gravure, paper calotype, platinum palladium and salted paper photographs as PhoPa Gallery's celebration of the 2015 Maine Photo Project.


Participating Artists

Gary Briechle - collodion 
Cole Caswell - collodion 
Tillman Crane - platinum
Susan Davens - toned cyanotype
Mark Dawson - tri color gum and kallitype
Gary Green - photogenic drawings
Brenton Hamilton - cyanotype, gum
Sean Harris - platinum
Michael Kolster - ambrotype
John Monroe - daguerreotype
John Polhemus - cyanotype
Dianna Rust - salted paper
Dana Strout - carbon
Alan Vlach - albumen & gravure
Kari Wehrs - collodion 
DM Witman - anthotype 

This exhibition is part of the Maine Photo Project, a statewide photography collaboration in 2015.  The Maine Photo Project is organized and supported by the institutions of the Maine Curators' Forum and is generously sponsored by the art museums of Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby Colleges, with fiscal management provided by the Maine Historical Society. The Maine Photo Project is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.