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Author Rexer, Lyle.

Title Photography's antiquarian avant-garde : the new wave in old processes / by Lyle Rexer.

Published New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2002.

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Physical description 159 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Preface: The Death and Birth and Death and Birth of Photography 6 -- Introduction: Looking Forward by Looking Backward 10 -- Antiquarian Avant-Garde 22 -- Mirror with a Memory: Daguerreotypes Resurrected 28 -- Chuck Close: Why I Make Daguerreotypes 36 -- First Photographs: Art on Paper 50 -- Ethereality: Flowing Images on Glass 72 -- Angel of Uncertainty: An Interview with Sally Mann on the Lure of the Poured Image 80 -- Tin Dreams: The Art of the Tintype 92 -- Beyond the Blueprint: New Cyanotypes 106 -- Photography Degree Zero: Photograms 128 -- Technical Glossary and Aid to Appreciation 148.
Summary It started in the 1970s with a group of artists seeking to reengage the physical facts of photography, its materials and processes, by turning to the history of photography for metaphors, technical information, and visual inspiration. By the 1980s it had become a movement with a fervent following. And now, for the first time in book form, Photography's Antiquarian Avant-Garde charts this full-blown rebellion of contemporary photographers against the advent of digital technology and their reversion to photographic methods used in the nineteenth century.
By beginning with a narrative history of photography that allows the reader to understand the forebears of this movement, author Lyle Rexer provides a context for engaging with the contemporary work. For all of the artists illustrated, stepping into the past is a way to reimagine and redirect not only the photographic object, but the very act of photography itself. In each subsequent chapter, he introduces the reader to a different technique and, along with providing vivid insights into the creative processes of the artists, makes visible the astonishing diversity of their work.
The photographers in this volume are from all over the world and use a wide array of processes. Among the artists and methods featured are Adam Fuss's Cibachrome photograms, Jayne Hinds Bidaut's tintypes, Jerry Spagnoli's daguerreotypes, Gabor Kerekes's carbon dichromates, and Laurent Millet's toned silver prints. An interview with Sally Mann about her collodion prints and a statement written by Chuck Close about his work with daguerreotypes give the reader a clear sense of what has driven them to pursue these long-obsolete processes. The book is completed by a glossary of technical terms to enhance the reader's understanding of the technical aspects of each process.
Subject Photography, Artistic.
Photography -- Processing -- History -- 19th century.
Photography -- Printing processes -- History -- 19th century.
ISBN 0810904020