John Cyr - Developer Trays

John Cyr – Developer Trays

“From the mid nineteenth century until today, silver gelatin printing has been one of the most utilized photographic processes. From classic reportage to fine art photography, the majority of it was performed in a black and white darkroom until the mid-1970’s. As recently as 2000, black and white darkroom classes still served as the location for introduction to photography courses. The digital advances in photography over the past ten years have been remarkable. Digital manipulation is found in most contemporary work, even within these developer tray photographs. This shift from film-based to digital imaging is occurring at a rapid rate, which is why photographing developer trays is a timely endeavor. Many photographers, printmakers, and photographers’ archivists’ have already discarded or thrown out their developer trays because they believed they were no longer significant or useful. Irving Penn’s developer trays have been thrown away, as have those of master printer Richard Benson. I am photographing available developer trays so that the photography community will remember specific, tangible printing tools that have been a seminal part of the photographic experience for the past hundred years. By titling each tray with its owner’s name, I reference the historical significance of these objects in a minimal manner that evokes thought and introspection about what images have passed through each individual tray.”

HORENSTEIN_HENTRY_8_10 001Henry Horenstein‘s Developer Tray

MENSCH_BARBARA_11_14 001Barbara Mensch‘s Developer Tray

CYR_JOHN_16_20 001John Cyr‘s Developer Tray

GRAHAM_DAVID_11_14 001David Graham‘s Developer Tray

SELKIRK_NEIL_16_20 001Neil Selkirk‘s Developer Tray

HENDRICKSON_TED_8_10 001Ted Hendrickson‘s Developer Tray

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