Abstract in Architecture-Toronto: Multi-color Bromoil Print

The photographic tradition runs fairly deep in my family. My uncle by marriage is the grandson of William Henry Jackson, the famed photographer of the early American West, and my paternal grandfather was a studio photographer on the East coast for over thirty years. My grandmother hand-tinted and colored his finer portraits. Both Jackson and my grandfather worked primarily with glass plate negatives. Jackson had little choice as much of his work was completed before the advent of silver gelatin films. My grandfather also worked with glass plates out of necessity. He had only one arm and was unable to load or develop flexible film. Somehow I've broken away from the glass plate tradition, but I'm nonetheless drawn to historical processes; using a combination of older methods, modern materials, and digital technology.

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