Library Conference Room
234 Miller Street
|When||Monday 9 September, 7pm|
(incl. light refreshments)
|Bookings/enquiries||(02) 9936 8400|
|North Sydney Council's website||Vintography Event Listing|
|The History Council||Vintography workshop|
'Vintographers' David Jenkins, Jill Lacina, Tony Peri and Kirsten Spry follow in the footsteps of the earliest photographers, using vintage image-making processes to create modern artworks.
These 'alternative' photographers will discuss their contemporary photographs hand-made from digital and film cameras as salt prints, cyanotypes, wet-plate collodion 'Tintypes', and photogravures.
Tony Peri will demonstrate one of these techniques, by making a bromoil print (oil pigment photograph).
Kirsten Spry is very excited to reveal that her cyanotype series, Lucky Charms, is being exhibited by major record label EMI as part of their Art Project. The images will be shown in the Flinders Street-facing windows of EMI’s new offices in Surry Hills from 20 Sept for 6-8 weeks.
Kirsten will also be on show with work by Tony Peri, David Jenkins & Jill Lacina at the Manly Art Gallery on Thursday 20 September from 6-8pm. The four Primrose Park Photographers were invited to the gallery following on from their successful ‘VINTOGRAPHY’ exhibition in the HeadOn Photography Festival in May earlier this year. They will be showing a selection of hand-made photographs using alternative & historic printing processes and talking about their methods, materials and ideas behind their work. Many works will be out of frames and seen up close.
As a special treat, the gallery has invited Tony to make a bromoil, on site, on the night, alongside an original Harold Cazneaux bromoil that the gallery has in its collection. So you will be able to get an insight into this beautiful process whilst seeing a vintage work from one of Australia’s fathers of photography. The gang will discuss their contemporary photographs hand-made from digital & film cameras as salt prints, cyanotypes, wet-plate collodion 'Tintypes', bromoils and photogravures. Come along if you can.
|Where||Manly Art Gallery & Museum, West Esplanade, Manly|
|When||Thurs 20 Sept, 6–8pm|
|Contact||MAG&M 9976 1421|
A Gallery Society event, to support the work of MAG&M
The 'Vintography' Exhibition, a group exhibition featuring works by David Jenkins, Jill Lacina, Tony Peri and Kirsten Spry, and a collection of contemporary photographs created using Bromoil, Salt Print, Cyanotype, Photogravure and Wet-Plate Collodian processes, held in May/June at Artspace On The Concourse, Chatswood, Sydney, was a great success. Opening night was a particular highlight—with over 100 people attending, boutique wines supplied by Short Sheep Wines of Mudgee, and special musical guests The Transylvaniacs who got the crowd dancing—as was the special artists' talk 'Vintography: Making vintage photographs in the digital age,' which was well-attended. A good number of artworks sold and there was great deal of positive feedback and some glowing reviews.
See our Facebook page for more about the exhibition.
Kirsten Spry is a Sydney photographer who is interested in alternative photographic techniques, including cameraless photography. It’s not as contradictory as it sounds. The techniques she uses can be traced back to photography’s early beginnings: mixing chemicals and coating paper to make it sensitive to light, using the sun instead of an enlarger, and placing objects on the paper to record their image – no camera in sight. The historic processes she uses include photograms, cyanotypes, and salt prints. But she’s not a total purist. She also throws some technology into the mix by using a digital camera and digital darkroom (Photoshop). “I’m not very hung up on megapixels or lenses; I’ve found a scanner does quite nicely sometimes instead of a camera, and just a lens cap with a pin-hole in it can make for a lovely lens. The final print is more hand-crafted.
The images in Kirsten Spry’s Lucky Charm (2011) series are all cyanotypes. The English scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel discovered the cyanotype procedure in 1842. He considered it as a means of reproducing notes and diagrams, as in blueprints. It was Anna Atkins, a botanist and photographer, who applied this process to photography in 1843. She had learned directly from William Henry Fox Talbot his "photogenic drawing" or “photogram” technique (in which an object is placed on light-sensitized paper which is exposed to the sun to produce an image). She combined the two processes by placing plant specimens on paper coated using the cyanotype method, using sunlight to create a sillhouette of the plant, and in doing so became the very first female photographer. Atkins is also considered the first person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images.
Following in Atkins footsteps, Kirsten has produced this cyanotype series, taking it a step forward by experimenting with what she calls “double exposure” cyanotypes. These images are sun prints that show two cyanotype images in one artwork. They have been created by coating the paper a second time after the first image is achieved. The first image used a lith photogram, and the second, a digital negative. The differences in the blue tone are due to variations in the strength of the sunlight on the days the images were made. About this series, Kirsten says: “If you saw these images in a dream they would herald success of some kind. What you see in daily life imprints itself in your mind’s eye. I hope that by looking at these images, the image will reappear in your dreams, providing a lucky charm for future endeavours.”
William Henry Fox Talbot, known as “The Father of Modern Photography”, invented the salted paper process in 1833, while he was on his honeymoon. He was the first to make a silver image on paper. On his first attempts, paper coated with a silver nitrate solution and exposed to light only gave a faint metallic silver image. He later discovered that by first applying salt to the paper and then coating it with the silver nitrate solution he could get a much stronger image. This is basically the same way that Kirsten Spry has made this series of salt prints — only she’s added a few tweaks, including toning each print in gold (gold chloride), to grant permanence to the image.
While photography’s pioneers were slogging it out with toxic chemicals in primitive darkrooms, early out-doorsy Sydney-siders were enjoying the delights of ocean baths and pools. There are about 100 sea pools in NSW today, some are natural depressions or rings of rocks, some are indigenous fishing spots (or bogey holes), and others are hewn out of rock platforms or built with concrete to form a swimming pool. Inspired by these unique pools in their magnificent settings, Kirsten Spry has created this series: Salt Prints of Sea Pools. “This series reflects my love and awe of the ocean. The images portray a new interpretation of our of our world-renown beach culture,” she says.
David Jenkins is a photographer of life exploring the joy and beauty that surrounds us. David’s vision is to create Images that Change the World and that show Reflections of the Spirit! In a world that can often be very ugly it is important to be reminded of what is important and true.
Over the past twenty two years David has run the successful photographic business – Nomad Photography. It has been an exciting and varied experience covering various photographic assignments including Extreme Sport, Travel / Adventure, Portraiture, Reportage, Dance, News, Sports Team Photographer, TV Film Unit Photographer (Documentaries) and Wilderness / Environmental.
David's clients include the City Of Sydney (as official photographer to Sydney’s Lord Mayor since 1997), the NSW Ministry for the Arts (as official photographer to the NSW Premier), NSW Rural Fire Service, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children as well as many commercial and private clients.
A strong believer in the power of photography not only to change people’s minds but people’s hearts David has undertaken environmentally themed work on many of the environmental challenges facing mankind and our planet. This has recently led to wonderful collaborations with the Manly Environment Centre (MEC) and Macquarie Universities Marine Mammal Research Group.
The works appearing in the ‘Vintography’ exhibition consist of two different bodies of work, both incorporating the same medium of photogravure. Images are etched onto the photopolymer with UV light.
The Snow series explores the simplicity of flora in a winter landscape. Often overlooked because of the starkness, these images echo the solitude and serenity of the season. The inks used create a feeling of another era, a seemingly historical record of the present.
Forest for the Trees is a whimsical series of prints standing in contrast with the Snow series in its exploration of colour. These prints also began as photograms where the shadows of plant objects were first exposed onto film. The photograms where then used to etch shapes onto the photopolymer plant. This series was an opportunity to experiment with using multiple plates and multiple colours. The variations are endless.
Tony Peri is an artisan. He plays marine band harmonicas the way they were made in the 1850s. He listens to 19th Century village folk music from eastern Europe. And he makes bromoils, tintypes, cyanotypes, polaroids and custom B&W photographs in his darkroom studio in Sydney, using vintage brass lenses and wooden cameras. His photographs are timeless. His work is that of an artist. Made with depth, heart & soul. The printing process is created like a jazz instrumental. Fine tuned and fully improvised. This is photography. Unique. And it speaks…
In this Vintography exhibition Tony Peri is making new bromoils of Hungary and Hungarian folk musicians. A bromoil is a vintage photographic process whereby a silver photograph is converted into an oil pigment photograph, all hand-made with beautiful papers, brushes and ink. The process dates back to 1908. Each bromoil is archival, like an oil painting, and quite beautiful to see in real-life.
Tony exhibits his fine art B&W photographs regularly in galleries and festivals around Australia. He works as a photographer, teaches photography workshops and is an active member of the Primrose Park Photography club — one of the few non-competitive photography clubs in Australia.
Contact David Jenkins, Jill Lacina, Tony Peri or Kirsten Spry for more information or an opening night invite.