December 5th, 2012
October 6th, 2011
All photos © Gary Briechle
With great patience and care, Gary Briechle photographs using large-format cameras and the wet-plate collodion process, which forces an intimacy between the photographer and subject. He says of his work: “The tension between the demands of the process and the demands of a moment make each successful image more of a gift given, not so much a photograph taken.” Twin Palms Publishers recently released the book Gary Briechle. The book’s gorgeous prints float in the middle of black pages bringing back that feeling of surprise one gets while watching photographs come to life in a developing tray.
|All photos © Gary Briechle/Courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago.
The wrinkle of an aging hand; the piercing eyes of a young girl at the edge of puberty; the solitude of a young man resting his head along the water’s edge — these are some of the quiet moments captured by Gary Briechle, who makes Collodion wet-plate enlargements of his family, friends and strangers in the small towns and rugged terrain that hug the Maine coast. With great patience and care, Briechle photographs the details that make us unique, celebrating the beauty and imperfections of the human form. These are luscious photographs made with a 19th century process which forces an intimacy between the photographer and subject, to which the viewer is a privileged witness. An exhibition of Briechle’s work will be on view at the Catherine Edelman Gallery from Nov. 4 until Dec,. 31, 2011.
Gary also has a forthcoming book published by Twin Palms. You can see the book and description here.
-Courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago.