New Photographic Chemistry
In 2014, I found a second-hand 1963 publication, 'A Textbook of Photographic Chemistry'. As though I'd unearthed a lost or forgotten language, it inspired a form of metaphorical exploration involving the appropriation, re-presentation, deconstruction and eventual destruction of the original textbook. 'New Photographic Chemistry' combines studio-based photography with layers of manipulation, physical actions (cutting, tearing, folding, constructing, deconstructing and burning), printing (including fabrics), re-photographing, and often, further digital manipulation and mark-making. Everything, though, began in the book. The viewer is tempted to read a new significance and the transformation that is 'Photographic Chemistry', something more than the physical reactions of substances, works its magic. Yet the complex, seductive and thought-provoking images are empty of significance beyond their making.
Stan Dickinson • John Lewis • John Umney •