RETRO-SPECTIVE explored the works of photographers who, at the height of the digital age, are turning back to nineteenth century photographic processes and, in so doing, redefining the parameters of the medium and its expressive capacities alike. While darkroom experimentation is largely a thing of the past, the longing to connect with a physical aspect of picture-making remains. The exhibition features photographs by Matthew Brandt, Adam Fuss, Richard Leayord, Christian Marclay, Chris McCaw, Alison Rossiter, Joni Sternbach, and James Welling, who continue to explore and play with analog processes and materials of photography.
For these artists, the darkroom is a laboratory, where a renewed passion for camera-less photograms, solarization, and photography's capacity to record light is realized. New technologies, equipment, or unorthodox materials, however, expand the possibilities of what a photograph can be. Retro-spective presents how contemporary artists continue to engage in the medium's physical processes; the resulting images not only celebrate the material essence of analog photography but challenge viewers to see the medium anew.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.