Silver Prints – Photography Exhibit by Tim Volk Coming to Soka University in CA February 4 - May 10
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by BWW News Desk
76 large silver prints by photographer Tim Volk will be on display at Soka University's Founders Hall Art Gallery from February 4 - May 10, 2013. The Gallery, located at 1 University Drive in Aliso Viejo, CA, is open M-F and admission is free.
About the Artist: Tim Volk learned the basics of cameras and printing from his father who was an avid amateur, developing film in the kitchen and printing in the basement. He attended the University of Wisconsin, receiving a B.S. in Art in 1967 and an Master of Fine Arts in1969. He taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 1970-75 and began teaching photography at Fairleigh Dickinson University as an Adjunct Instructor in the fall of 1975. Tim also taught photography as an Adjunct at the County College of Morris from 1984 through 2010. He has had shows at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, the Morris Museum in Morristown, the Watchung Art Center, the Bergen Museum in Paramus and the New Jersey State Museum among others and his photographs have received two Fellowship Grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Artist's Statement: "In the vast ocean of images snapped daily, only a tiny trickle are still being produced with film and traditional printing paper. All the prints in this show were made by the slow and craft-oriented process of silver printing.
"Time and labor inevitably dominate the comparison between digital and analog photography. My images are begun when the light strikes the film but it cannot be seen until some time later when the film is developed into a negative and still later enlarged onto silver sensitized paper in a darkroom, developed in chemicals, washed and dried. All this trouble used to be the only way to make a photographic image but it is now a choice. The payoff is the silver print itself and the subtle differences, the depth and richness of silver printing, more than compensate for the difficulty. Limited to a palette of lustrous grays, the silver image is both more abstract and more still than its counterparts, limitations that can often be strengths.
"A camera should also be more than a neutral or mechanical transcriber of optical effects, it should be an integral part of the overall intention. The cameras which captured these images I either hand-made or extensively modified for my purposes. They range from the very large (11x14 inch film size) to medium format film (2¼ inch square) and from extremely sharp to very soft. The images reflect these different qualities and approach to the subject. For contemplative landscapes I prefer a large format camera on a tripod, which enforces slow, detail-emphasizing methods. For quirky observations on a journey, the light hand-held Holga with a plastic lens that renders a partly sharp image, softening toward The Edges.
"Less real by some measures, the silver print still conjures for me a distinctly different and weighty presence." Tim Volk
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