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Alternative processes show hangs in SinClair Gallery beginning March 30

Posted March 24, 2009

POWELL, Wyo. - An exhibit of photographs created through historic and alternative processes will go on display Monday, March 30, in SinClair Gallery at Northwest College.

Alternative, antiquated and rarely used photographic processes were employed by Northwest College students to produce images for the show. Many were created with large format or pinhole cameras.

Most of the prints were made by mixing historic photo-chemical formulas and coating a variety of papers and objects with the light sensitive material. To make the exposures, the coated material is placed in contact with a large negative and then placed in sun light or under a strong ultra violet light source. Many of the historic processes require contact printing without the use of an enlarger and are well over 100 years old.

The images were created by students in the Northwest College Photography Program.

Viewers can expect to see cyanotypes, VanDyke prints, Azo contact printing, lithographic printing, Collodian (liquid light) and Albumen prints. Northwest faculty believe that by learning these processes, students gain a deeper insight into the early beginnings of photography and can better understand their contemporary use as a viable alternative to current photographic and digital methods.

The "Alternative Processes" show hangs in SinClair Gallery through Friday, April 24. Located in the Orendorff Building, the gallery is open from 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.