Chris McCaw, Heliograph #129

April 29, 2020
Chris McCaw
Heliograph #129, 2016
Silver gelatin paper negative
Framed in a handmade stained walnut frame with museum glass
25.4 x 20.3 cm (10 x 8 inches)

£ 8,160 framed including VAT + delivery





The first photograph was taken in 1826, and this process was called a heliograph or 'sun drawing'. Using analogue photographic techniques, Chris McCaw draws upon the past to invent new processes. He shoots directly onto expired silver gelatin paper with hand-made cameras equipped with military-level optics. These long-exposure, unique images are physical evidence of the sun's movement across the sky. With exposure times ranging from a few hours to over three days, the intensity of the sunlight burns through the paper negative in the process. The resulting images of from the Heliograph series are quiet abstractions and solarised studies capturing the movement of the sun across the sky.



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