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Ian Ruhter
Tunnel View, Yosemite

2012

$7,500

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Edition of 30, Signed. *Please note that some orders will be made-to-order and will require additional handling time* Ruhter’s photographs, following in the steps of the great 19th century American landscape photographers transform the imagery of the west into a scale unimaginable in their time. Creating unique large-scale collodion wet plates up to 48 x 60” (as well as making same scale archival pigment prints from the collodion plates) Ruhter blends old and new technologies to create powerful and resonant artworks. Ruhter began his experiments with the wet plate collodion process five years ago. The nineteenth century photographic process involves pouring a liquid mixture of iodides, bromides, and a solution called collodion over a glass or aluminum plate. The plate is then bathed in silver nitrate, making it light sensitive. The plate must then be quickly exposed and developed in just a few minutes, before the collodion dries and loses sensitivity. Obsessed with perfecting the wet plate collodion process but eager to move from the traditionally small hand held plates to something larger, Ruhter’s epiphany came when he realized he needed to shoot from within the camera to create the size of wet plates he had envisioned. To achieve this Ruhter converted a large delivery truck into a giant mobile camera and traveling darkroom. Regardless of the protection of the truck, the process is laborious and extremely unpredictable as temperature and moisture can affect the chemicals and alter the developing process, ruining a wet plate. However, when everything works, the results of this highly intense labor can produce a unique and incredibly detailed image with rich layers of silver suspended in emulsion producing an almost three dimensional effect. Because the process is produced and controlled entirely by hand, each plate is inherently unique, with the chemicals’ process leaving irregular and ghostly shadows, halos, and ripples in each plate. As Ruhter says of his work, he has time traveled back into the future. “When I designed the apparatus that allowed me to make the pictures in the 48 x 60" size I had to invent a new way of working with this process. Many told me this wasn't possible but in fact I was able to achieve what had not been possible for 150 years.”

Details

  • Creator
    Ian Ruhter (American)
  • Creation Year
    2012
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Width: 40 in. (101.6 cm)
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  • Period
  • Framing
    Framing Options Available
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU155928408712

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