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OT & HU: "Back To Basics" Photo Exhibit in Brooklyn
Thought this would be kind of interesting for those in the NYC area - Van Dyke process is not something you see every day. Here's a link to some info about it:
Back To Basics Historic Photographic Technique Exhibit Opens March 28 At The Brooklyn Public Library To Showcase The Work Of Patrick Barrett
Van Dyke prints by Patrick Barrett will be displayed in a Brooklyn Public Library exhibit on historic photography techniques. “Back To Basics” opens Monday, March 28 with a 6:00 p.m. reception at the Central Library and runs through May 14, 2006.
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BROOKLYN, N.Y./EWORLDWIRE/March 24, 2006 --- Over 30 Van Dyke Brown photographic prints created by Patrick Barrett will be displayed as part of an upcoming Brooklyn Public Library exhibit on alternative and historic photography techniques. An opening reception for “Back To Basics” will be held on Monday, March 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Central Library Branch, Grand Army Plaza. The exhibit runs through May 14, 2006 and also features the work of local artists Michel Bayard and Doug Schwab.
Barrett is a self-taught photo artist who concentrates on historic or alternative printing processes, often using low-tech and handmade cameras. As a Brooklyn resident, Barrett’s inspiration comes from the many buildings and structures that have become elements of living history, managing to retain their stamp on a neighborhood regardless of the shine or fast pace represented by their newcomer neighbors. His photo journaling of this collection of landmarks and architectural oddities led to an exploration of techniques that also held a compelling place in the present, despite origins in another era.
Barrett’s use of the late 19th century Van Dyke process is an attempt to return these structures to their heyday. Many of the places pictured in this exhibit were being built or used when the technique was first being developed. Its process is deceptively simple, using basic running water and sunlight to develop. It is representative of a time when photography was coming into its own and of a time when a previously unknown pace of city living was taking hold of New York. Additional details on this exhibit can be found at http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org...hibitions/2006
Patrick Barrett Photographic Prints produces Polaroid film image transfers and manipulations, Van Dyke prints, pinhole camera work and silver gelatin prints. Works have been recently exhibited at Gallery 440, Galapagos Art Space, Shakespeare's Sister and Southpaw. Barrett lives and makes photographic prints in Brooklyn and participates in the biannual Gowanus Artists Studio Tour.
For more information on his work and the processes, visit www.pbarrettphoto.com
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To reach the library's resources of over 70 reference databases, catalog information and news, visit www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org
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