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30.05.2012

 

Darkroom by Adam Bartos - on the borders of technology and history

The now often obsolete darkroom was once the space in which photographers’ visions came to light.

In this magical dark space alchemy-like rituals were carried out with combinations of liquids to create sour-smelling paper baths, revealing hidden images under the surface.

Well, those times are over. The darkroom is about to enter the annuals of history for good.

The last generation of seasoned craftsmen has shot its last picture, is cleaning out the studio(s), filling the trays for one last time.

What better reason to honour the good old darkroom than with a testimonial.

Adam Bartos' photographs explore the various studios and the different approaches to the work, relating to the psyche of the people, who have created this very special work environment for themselves.

At the same time, Bartos’ images reveal that photography was also restricted due to the bulky nature of the mechanical, over-sized 'harddisks'.

It soon becomes evident that photography must have been a pretty lonesome business every now and then, the time behind the camera was – just like today – only a fracture of the process as a whole.

Nowadays, one is not forced to disappear into a dark room to complete the work. A computer with post-tools is sufficient … does the mystery get lost on the way or is the magic disappearing? We are still in the dark on that one.

Bio
: Adam Bartos’ photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe and were included in the recent MoMA exhibition “Into the Sunset: Photography’s Image of the American West.” Monographs of his work include International Territory, KOSMOS, Yard Sale Photographs, and Boulevard, published by Steidldangin in 2005. He lives and works in New York.


Darkroom - Adam Bartos
ISBN: 978-3-86930-332-1
14.5 x 11.4 in. / 370 x 290 mm
£68.00 - $98.00 - €78.00

DARKROOM by Adam Bartos

DARKROOM by Adam Bartos

DARKROOM by Adam Bartos

DARKROOM by Adam Bartos

DARKROOM by Adam Bartos

DARKROOM by Adam Bartos

DARKROOM by Adam Bartos

DARKROOM by Adam Bartos

DARKROOM by Adam Bartos

DARKROOM by Adam Bartos

DARKROOM by Adam Bartos

DARKROOM by Adam Bartos

DARKROOM by Adam Bartos

DARKROOM by Adam Bartos

DARKROOM by Adam Bartos (Le Lettre de la Photographie)

DARKROOM by Adam Bartos (Le Lettre de la Photographie)