Small Silver Prints

With no road trips planned, or any trips for that matter, I’ve been making photographs around the house and garden and printing them small, and in silver-gelatin. They’re just 4 x 4″ in size on 8 x 10″ paper, slightly selenium toned and matted to 8 x 10″ in 4-ply museum board.

My prints have always been fairly small, either 6 x 6″ or 7 x 7″, but I find myself being attracted to smaller prints more than ever before. I love Polaroid for its size, squareness and colour palette, and the Polaroids of directors Wim Wenders and Andrey (Andrei) Tarkovsky, cinematographer Robbie Müller and, in black and white, Patti Smith, I find mesmerising and were the reason I started working with Polaroid again. Other photographers and their work I’m revisiting are the IOWA images of Nancy Rexroth, more so for the prints than her choice of camera, and the work of Øyvind Hjelmen.

All images are from print scans

New Workshop!

I’ll be teaching a polymer photogravure workshop at MCAD this summer; the first in over two years!

The last workshop was only a couple of weeks in when the world came crashing down and the workshop cancelled. But, I’ve been asked to teach it once more this summer and I’m so happy to do so. This class is always such fun and I have some great ideas for this one.

June 15th – July 20th, 2022 (6 weeks)
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
More information on MCAD’s website.
Registration opens on Monday, May 2nd.

Note:
Unlike previous classes this class will have limited access to the Printshop outside of class. Students will have open studio work time ONLY on Saturdays from 12.00 – 5.00 pm and Mondays from 3.00 – 8.00 pm for the duration of the class. Students will not have access to the Printshop outside of these hours.

The Chico Poems

These are six of the fifteen cases I’m making for Lisa Nebenzahl‘s McKnight project, “The Chico Poems”.

Each case holds 8 cyanotypes, printed by Lisa, with a letterpress printed poem overlaid in silver ink. The clamshell cases are covered in a Japanese blue and silver book cloth with an inlaid photo of Chico Nebenzahl.

The Chico Poems is a suite of eight poems contained in a custom designed case. This project was inspired by my late mother Chico Nebenzahl (1916-2000), who penned the poems in the early 1940’s. With the support of a McKnight Fellowship for Book Artists, the project took a year to produce as I employed the light of the sun to create the cyanotype prints in the spring, summer and fall of 2021. Letterpress and cyanotype printing come together to share these short, sometimes acerbic poems. A posthumous collaboration with my mother, who wrote poetry and fiction in her in twenties in Chicago but never shared them widely, gave me a chance to bring these poems out of their long rest and into the light.

— Lisa Nebenzahl

More information about the project and photographs can be found here.

John Szarkowski Quote

A few years ago I printed this quote by John Szarkowski as a letterpress printed piece with a covering print, the same size, and sent it out to those I thought might appreciate his humour.