Digital Darkroom features the work of 17 artists from around the world that explore the intersection of art and technology. The exhibit features the work of: Josef Astor, Pierre Beteille, Joel Grimes, Ted Grudowski, Claudia Kunin, Chris Levine, Bonny Pierce Lhotka, Khuong Nguyen, Mike Pucher, Jean-François Rauzier, Martine Roch, Christopher Schneberger, Brooke Shaden, Stanley Smith, Maggie Taylor, Jerry Uelsmann and Jean-Marie Vives.
Each artist is a master of different types of digital techniques: compositing highly layered imagery, working in 3D and lenticular imaging, meticulously stitching together images, using lighting in highly inventive ways, and so on.
The show will present an interesting juxtaposition of young artists immersed in digital work against Uelsmann, a master of darkroom compositing techniques. The artists come from a range of backgrounds, each specializing in fine art, commercial art, portraiture, still life, fashion, architectural, or other types of photographic and illustrative expression. However, many of the artists cross genres and combine multiple techniques to create their unique work.
Digital Darkroom is comprised of an 80-image print show with 2-6 images contributed by each of the featured photographers. Hundreds of additional images from Digital Darkroom's photographers will also be showcased in vivid detail on the two 14' by 7' high-resolution screens in the Photography Space's Digital Gallery.
Serving as curatorial advisor is Russell Brown, a Senior Creative Director at Adobe Systems Incorporated and an Emmy Award-winning instructor. Brown was instrumental in the introduction of Adobe Photoshop, which transformed the techniques used to manipulate images. Renowned for his entertaining style as a Photoshop teacher, he has helped the world's leading photographers, publishers, art directors and artists to master techniques that enable their digital creations.
The exhibition includes a 3D film shot in 5K resolution using RED EPIC cameras, presented in a specially created screening room. This film includes interviews with 3D experts and historians Ray Zone and David Kuntz, 3D artists Ted Grudowski and Christopher Schneberger, and explores how 3D artists Claudia Kunin and Mike Pucher photograph their subjects and alter them digitally to create 3D results. Key elements of the history of stereoscopic photography are also in the film.
Digital Darkroom was shown from December 17, 2011 through May 28, 2012.
Josef Astor’s star first rose in the world of assignment photography, when he started working for such publications as Vanity Fair, the New York Times magazine, Newsweek, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and the New Yorker. His work doesn’t just illustrate text, but transcends his assignments, standing alone as artistic statements.
Pierre Beteille is a self-taught talent in Paris who has an unbridled humor and wit. He takes pride in never having read a book, watched a tutorial or taken a class on photo manipulation. His digital creations are highly original, each image functioning as both a punchline and an act of rebellion.
Joel Grimes makes his living in commercial photography but has a parallel career in art. Grimes combines an artistic vision with an impressive fluency in the technical aspects of photography, creating images that make viewers see the world anew.
Ted Grudowski has been taking 3D photographs since he was 17. Working for MSN, Grudowski has the opportunity to take 3D photographs of a number of high-profile artists. He then drops those images into the computer and runs them through the eclectic filter of his unconscious.
Claudia Kunin worked for years as a commercial photographer before experiencing a transformational moment and devoting her life to fine-art photography. Her 3D photography is dedicated to exploring the past, making connections and expressing the inexpressible.
Chris Levine burst onto the scene in 2004 when he was hired to take the first 3D photographs of Queen Elizabeth II. He calls what he does “light-based work,” utilizing lasers, lenticular images and other cutting-edge techniques.
Bonny Pierce Lhotka has made a name for herself by printing her compelling work on extraordinary surfaces, from glass to acrylic to aluminum, and even on more experimental surfaces such as drywall, bamboo and rusty tin. Her work has been exhibited in top collections, including the Smithsonian, where she has been an artist-in-residence.
Khuong Nguyen comes from the demanding world of French advertising photography. At a young age, Nguyen has impressed his peers with his witty takes on surrealism and his mastery of digital techniques.
Mike Pucher works at Disney Animation Studio and pursues his own art in his free time. He began creating 3D images as simple and bold statements of composition, pictures that open up to viewers.
Jean-Francois Rauzier, working in Paris, coined the term hyperphoto to describe his technique of dropping hundreds and sometimes thousands of photographs into a single image, often weighing in at up to 40 gigabytes in size. Each image has a stunning resolution and complexity, marrying microcosm to macrocosm.