GELATIN SILVER: TRADITIONAL PRINTS BY WILLIAM AND MARY STUDENTS

GELATIN SILVER: TRADITIONAL PRINTS BY WILLIAM AND MARY STUDENTS

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Alice Zhang Untitled 8x10 Gelatin Silver Print



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A sampling of works in Gelatin Silver. All works are untitled. Credits (clockwise from top): Alice Lin, Ivan Echevarria, Alice Zhang, Wenhao Yang, Christen Fulgham, Rico Xi, Alice Zhang and another from Alice Zhang. Works by other students are also included.

Under the tutelage of William and Mary Photography Professor, Elliot Dudik, twelve students have submitted an impressive range of black and white photographs for this exhibition. The title “Gelatin Silver” draws attention to the pure medium of photography, which depends on silver salts to produce a light-sensitive picture. Traditional printing takes place in the darkroom, an environment demanding care, skill, and craft in the chemical development and fixing of pictures. Each print is clean with beautiful tonality, demonstrating the discipline in the darkroom and the talent of these exhibitors. The exhibition presents the art of photography through its capacities to be mimetic, and pushes the aesthetic forms of time and space. Dudik’s photographers experiment with these formal elements by using shutter speed effects, breaking up portraits’ picture planes, and addressing the temporality of subject matter. One subject, a plate of melting ice cubes, captures the momentary presence of matter as it changes into a liquid. The photographers show that the medium of gelatin silver and traditional photography forms are anything but dead because they continue to stimulate the imagination with great success in the twenty-first century.

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William and Mary student Alice Zhang with her work

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Eliot Dudik(left) with Arts Commissioner Terry Buntrock at the opening reception of Gelatin Silver . Students demonstrate view camera equipment used to create traditional prints in the exhibit.