On a Wet Bough (signed)

by Keliy Anderson-Staley


Photographs: Keliy Anderson-Staley

Text: Geoffrey Batchen, Matthew Williams

Publisher: Waltz Books

144 pages

Pictures: 85 duotone plates

Year: 2014

ISBN: 978-1-939932-00-6

Price: 65

Comments: 28,5 x 36 cm, clothbound hardcover with tipped in image, english, first edition of 1000 copies

This stunning monograph of tintype portraits is culled from an archive of hundreds taken over the last decade by Keliy Anderson-Staley. The long exposure time needed to make a tintype requires that the sitter remain as still as possible to produce a sharp image. As a result, the subjects of these tintypes often display an intense and guileless expression that immediately connects their faces to those of 19th-Century portraits. Stripped of the modern default behavior of smiling in front of a camera, these images, with all the exquisite detail afforded by the wet plate process, suggest an important rethinking of what it means to photograph and be photographed.

Anderson-Staley mixes and pours the emulsion for each plate on site shortly before a portrait is made. The process of hand-coating each piece leaves behind traces of the maker that are as beautifully and deeply embedded in the final image as the perceived identity of the subject.


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On a Wet Bough (signed)

by Keliy Anderson-Staley


Photographs: Keliy Anderson-Staley

Text: Geoffrey Batchen, Matthew Williams

Publisher: Waltz Books

144 pages

Pictures: 85 duotone plates

Year: 2014

ISBN: 978-1-939932-00-6

Price: 65

Comments: 28,5 x 36 cm, clothbound hardcover with tipped in image, english, first edition of 1000 copies

This stunning monograph of tintype portraits is culled from an archive of hundreds taken over the last decade by Keliy Anderson-Staley. The long exposure time needed to make a tintype requires that the sitter remain as still as possible to produce a sharp image. As a result, the subjects of these tintypes often display an intense and guileless expression that immediately connects their faces to those of 19th-Century portraits. Stripped of the modern default behavior of smiling in front of a camera, these images, with all the exquisite detail afforded by the wet plate process, suggest an important rethinking of what it means to photograph and be photographed.

Anderson-Staley mixes and pours the emulsion for each plate on site shortly before a portrait is made. The process of hand-coating each piece leaves behind traces of the maker that are as beautifully and deeply embedded in the final image as the perceived identity of the subject.


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On a Wet Bough (signed)

by Keliy Anderson-Staley


Photographs: Keliy Anderson-Staley

Text: Geoffrey Batchen, Matthew Williams

Publisher: Waltz Books

144 pages

Pictures: 85 duotone plates

Year: 2014

ISBN: 978-1-939932-00-6

Price: 65

Comments: 28,5 x 36 cm, clothbound hardcover with tipped in image, english, first edition of 1000 copies

This stunning monograph of tintype portraits is culled from an archive of hundreds taken over the last decade by Keliy Anderson-Staley. The long exposure time needed to make a tintype requires that the sitter remain as still as possible to produce a sharp image. As a result, the subjects of these tintypes often display an intense and guileless expression that immediately connects their faces to those of 19th-Century portraits. Stripped of the modern default behavior of smiling in front of a camera, these images, with all the exquisite detail afforded by the wet plate process, suggest an important rethinking of what it means to photograph and be photographed.

Anderson-Staley mixes and pours the emulsion for each plate on site shortly before a portrait is made. The process of hand-coating each piece leaves behind traces of the maker that are as beautifully and deeply embedded in the final image as the perceived identity of the subject.


more books tagged »black and white« | >> see all

more books tagged »American« | >> see all

more books tagged »portrait« | >> see all

A collector's choice by josefchladek.com