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Photo: Joseph Ruzicka—CCNY

A New Age of Analog at New York’s Most Historic Camera Club

The Camera Club of New York signs a deal this week in hopes of revitalizing its programming while remaining true to its analog roots.

Photograph by Brea Souders

These images are made by layering cut negatives from my archives over a simple white ground. As the formation of overlapping slices grows, the clarity of images within the negatives becomes obscured. The layering of colors darkens as it builds. Light bouncing off the darkest surfaces provides some highlight and dimension, but rarely reveals a discernable image. With these elements in place, I ply the amorphous pile, coaxing it into various abstract shapes. With each pass new pieces are revealed, while others become buried.

Mountains Without Faces, a solo exhibition by 2013 CCNY Darkroom Resident Brea Souders, is on view at the Camera Club of New York February 20 – March 15, 2014, with an opening reception on Thursday, February 27, 6 - 8 PM.

Photograph by Brea Souders

Opening this week at Daniel Coney Fine Art, Film Electric, the gallery’s first exhibition of photographs by Brea Souders. By compiling discarded film, static electricity and strong light, the photographs touch on the artist’s personal history. Below, some more context to describe her process:

The images are created with shredded negatives from the artist’s archive attached to electrically charged sheets of acetate. Where the static force is strong, slices of film hold to the acetate. Where it is weak, they fall away. The acetate is then photographed using a flash, which reflects and creates streaks of white. This obscures some images while bringing others into relief. The reflected light also forms the photographs’ luminous internal frame. As appropriate to this process, the images’ final form exudes an element of playfulness and relies on the spirit of chance.

The show will be open January 24 - March 2. For more information, visit the gallery’s website here.

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