contemporary cameraless photography | 18 May - 11 June 2016

This exhibition is a small contemporary take on the larger global historical survey contained in Geoffrey Batchen's book and exhibition, recently opened at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth. The five artists included in this exhibition show the wide-ranging possibilities and huge diversity of results that may be achieved in the creation of cameraless photographs.

Almost elemental in its simplicity, this kind of photograph is produced through a direct contact between the world and a piece of light-sensitive paper. Such photographs therefore reduce photography to its most essential feature: the reaction of a given surface to the absence and presence of light. Resulting in images that are both right up against the picture plane and floating in infinite depths, that are direct imprints of things but also disconcertingly stark abstractions, cameraless photographs invite a consideration of the nature of photographic representation in general. Unmediated by perspectival optics, photography is here presented as something to be looked at, not through, and to be made, not taken. Geoffrey Batchen, The Art of the Cameraless Photograph, p5

Anne Noble, who regularly shows in the gallery, continues her exploration of the plight of the bee with a playful and experimental series of surprisingly coloured and semi-abstract photograms of bee wings.

Joyce Campbell, who is currently showing in the Sydney Biennale and is shortlisted for the Walters Prize, presents poetic images of microbial material.

Anne Ferran, considered one of Australia's leading photographic artists, has contributed one of her signature gigantic, ghostly wedding dress photograms.

Danica Chappell, a Melbourne-based artist has produced a new series of tin-types using multiple plates that continues her exploration of the 1850s photographic process, colour and abstraction.

Wellington artist Shaun Waugh plays at the conceptual boundary of photographic image making with images of photo film boxes framed by found box lids.

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Installation view
year: 2016