Photographer, Matthew Brandt soaks his photos in an unorthodox chemistry. Because of this, his photographs carry certain challenges for art conservators.
The prints were thoroughly processed using all of the standard steps for chromogenic photographs and then were post-processed by immersion for varying amounts of time in water extracted from the body of water represented in the image. Soaking the print in water caused the partial destruction of the image layers, resulting in colorful abstractions of the original image.
Katherine Sanderson, Balancing Preservation Strategy & Artist Intent
Treatment of a Unique Chromogenic Print by Matthew Brandt
Best known for his Lakes and Reservoirs C-prints of bodies of water (mentioned above), Brandt also produced another body of work which garnered much less attention: photos of product containers and packaging.
He’s photographed Windex bottles, Comet cleanser cans, aerosol cans of Microwave Oven Magic & Plastic Cleaner Magic and a number of branded water bottles.
Usually he uses the contents of each container for the final “post-processing” step. Thereby showing us what happens when you apply household chemicals (instead of darkroom chemicals) to a photograph. (If lake water makes an art conservator’s job difficult, just imagine the archival impact of “oven cleaner” on a photo!)
No one has written much about these product photos. Hardly anything, in fact.
We pour over Brandt’s ‘product’ photos, after the fold… [Read more…]