Salt Printing with Melitte Buchman - March 2-3, 2019

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Salt Printing with Melitte Buchman - March 2-3, 2019

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Salt Printing

Any changes to the program will be announced online.
All programs and events are held at Penumbra Foundation.
36 E. 30th St. New York, NY, 10016
(917) 288-0343 | info@penumbrafoundation.org | penumbrafoundation.org

Image © Melitte Buchman

 

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March 2-3, 2019
Saturday & Sunday
10 AM - 6 PM


Salt printing was among the earliest photographic processes, discovered by Fox Talbot in 1834. This means that salt printing pre-dates daguerreotypes by quite a shot. Fox initially referred to this technique as photogenic drawing. Later when the idea of negatives was invented (also by Fox Talbot in 1841) salt printing was paired with negatives to produce photographic prints.  

Salt printing is a technique that combines NaCl (table salt), silver nitrate and gelatin.  Paper is “salted” with a combination of gelatin and salt.  It is then sensitized with an application of light-sensitive silver nitrate solution.  A contact print is made in full sun or ultra violet light with a negative facing the light source and the sensitized paper sandwiched beneath to create a final print.  It is a lovely soft process that sinks into the fibers of the paper and is often sepia, bluish black or purplish in tone.  It was used extensively until about the 1850s.  

 

MELITTE BUCHMAN has been a professional photographer for over thirty years. Her work, though spanning numerous techniques over time, has at its core always been about issues of place and objects of power. She is interested in relationships between man-made systems and the natural environment. She wonders about the mystery, beauty and romance that we overlook daily. Her photographs are re-examinations of things and places common to us here and now. She dives deeper taking a closer look at what is present. Beneath the quotidian, she sees latent strangeness that lurks under the common. Her work was originally in film-based photography but has moved backwards in photographic technique to tintype, ambrotype, salt printing and other alternative processes. Over the past decade she has developed these pictorial techniques to discuss the romantic and emotional in our world.  Whether a super fund site or modern technology, these items when re-seen become more real.

Feature Image © Melitte Buchman