June 18, 2010

John Cyr’s Developer Trays

John Cyr's photographs of traditional printing tools speak volumes to me. It also reminds me that I need to get back into the darkroom, but that probably won't be happening until August. He's been contacting photographers for their developer trays and photographing them:

...so that the photography community will remember specific, tangible printing tools that have been a seminal part of the photographic experience for the past hundred years. By titling each tray with its owner's name, [he] reference[s] the historical significance of these objects in a minimal manner that evokes thought and introspection about what images have passed through each individual tray.

There's something about looking at the tools used by these master photographers and printers that make their images resonate all the more. I think it's something about seeing the tangible artifacts upon which the images are created; it brings the craft of photography into focus. More of Cyr's work can be found at his website.

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