There is a growing misconception that traditional analog photography is dying. I'm not referring to alternative process, either (though I have a big soft spot for that sort of thing). I am talking SILVER GELATIN. RC, Fiber Base, cold tone, warm tone, Grade 3 or VC... whatever the case may be. Remember when you were little and you would see in the movies or on TV, that guy in his little red lit room, with pieces of paper hanging on lines and trays of wierd liquids. My favorite was the little tongs, like gently saving something fragile from drowning in a sea of chemistry. Or, recall the first thrill of watching an image appear on a blank sheet of paper, soaked in that secret solution that brought the image to life as if it had been drawn with magic ink, and you alone knew the spell to free it. Oh no, traditional photography is far from dying, in fact, silver gelatin has seen very interesting things happen to it, perhaps spurred on by the sense of freedom and experimentation motivated by the rebirth of historic process.
Modern printers are stretching traditional silver gelatin's uses, bending the materials to their will through chemistry, exposure, and digital means. This call for entry is for all those using silver gelatin in any form or fashion, including homemade emulsions. Let me see your chemigrams, lumen prints, pinholes, lith prints, straight forward B&W prints, solarography, or paper negatives (or prints from paper negs). Any subject matter is acceptable, as long as the majority of the final image in produced using silver gelatin emulsion.
Traditional darkroom photography and printing is ALIVE AND WELL! and in fact, it is becoming more exciting than ever - let's show the people what is happening!
Please see the call for entry page for details and how to enter, and check out the 'Gallery Mission' page for The Gallery at Brass & Bellows' updated mission. Depending on the number and sizes of entries received I will be selecting 30 to 40 images to be included in the show. Thank you!