Spotlight: Richard Learoyd Captures the Essence of Photography With a Custom-Built Camera Obscura, δημοσίευση Artnet News [20/12/2022]Marilena Pateraki
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About the Artist: British artist Richard Learoyd (b. 1966) has garnered a reputation for his commitment to analog photography and refraining from any digital technology—or even editing negatives directly. Learoyd instead uses a room-size camera obscura that he built himself, based on the negative/positive process invented by W. H. Fox Talbot in the mid-19th century. Despite the large size of the camera, it is portable, and Learoyd had taken it around the world to capture a diverse range of landscapes—with negatives measuring up to 80 inches wide, some of the largest gelatin-silver prints ever made. The process he uses does not include a negative, instead the light is focused directly onto photographic paper, resulting in an image completely without grain. Art history and art-historical styles are a significant point of departure for the artist, and much of his work engages with traditional genres like still lifes, nudes, and landscapes.
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