135th at 12th, 2016
John Chiara developed a process that is part photography, part sculpture, and part event—an undertaking in apparatus and patience. He creates one-of-a-kind photographs in a variety of hand-built cameras, the largest of which is a 50×80″ field camera transported by the artist on a flatbed trailer. Once a location is selected, he situates and then physically enters the camera, maneuvering in near total darkness to place positive color photographic paper on the camera’s back wall. His images can take half a day to make plus another half-day to process by hand in a spinning drum that agitates the chemistry over the photographic paper which lines the interior of the drum – a process that often leaves behind traces on the resulting image. Chiara will give an overview and discuss his recent work.