Sunday, June 27, 2021

Ambrotype and tintype

Photographer Arold van der Aa 
Haarsteeg, The Netherlands

The invention of wet collodion photography processes in the 1850s allowed the development of two new kinds of photographs ambrotypes and tintypes. These new formats shared many characteristics with the earlier daguerreotypes but were quicker and cheaper to produce. Primarily used for portraiture, each photo is a unique camera-exposed image and was available in several standard-sizes. An ambrotype is comprised of an underexposed glass negative placed against a dark background. The dark backing material creates a positive image.
"I've always been fascinated by black and white photography... In my quest to find my passion for photography, I came across the wet plate collodion process that was discovered in 1851. Analogue photography on glass or metal plates... Back to craftsmanship and mastery. Read more on my site (In Dutch)..." Arold van der Aa

Monday, June 21, 2021

David Claerbout

@ De Pont through 29 August 2021

“The era of photography is over, and we are seeing a return of what Jean Baudrillard called 3D information, namely images that are augmented by narratives or statistics. While media dissolve into one another we are witnessing a return to the primacy of the word. Photography’s time as originating from light is over.” 
David Claerbout 

In disquieting video installations the Belgian artist David Claerbout (Kortrijk, 1969) tries to come to grips with the passage of time. He lengthens time, allows the present and past to fuse, and sometimes even seems to bring time to a halt. His latest video, Aircraft (FAL), will have its world première at De Pont this year. A fine moment to show video works, drawings and storyboards of his that the museum has been collecting since 2005. In the intimate environment of the wool-storage spaces, these works from the collection provide a unique view spanning nearly two decades of his artistic career.