The Getty Center
Presents the Exhibition
Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography
April 14–September 6, 2015 Getty Center
The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049 USA
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From its beginnings in experimentation by mid-19th century scientists and gentlemen of leisure, photography has been shaped by the desire to understand and explore the medium’s essential materials. Taking that spirit of invention and discovery as its point of departure, this exhibition features the work of seven artists—Matthew Brandt, Marco Breuer, John Chiara, Chris McCaw, Lisa Oppenheim, Alison Rossiter, and James Welling—who focus their investigations on the light sensitivity and chemical processing of photographic papers, challenging us to see the medium anew.
The exhibition also includes an overview of experimental practices during the twentieth century, drawn from the Getty Museum’s collection. The works on view in Light, Paper, Process provide a glimpse into the continued interrogation and reinvention of the medium of photography by artists working today.
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The following video presents Chris McCaw:
McCaw demonstrates how he uses large format cameras to burn holes in photographic paper, marking the sun’s path across the sky.
The following video presents Alison Rossiter:
Rossiter explains her darkroom experimentations with expired photographic papers, and the black and white abstractions that result.
The following video presents Matthew Brandt:
Brandt discusses the often unorthodox and highly experimental methods by which he creates his photographic prints.
Chiara’s labor-intensive photographic process can involve climbing inside a trailer-sized homemade camera to expose the image.