Philosophy The perils of photography are never seen in the end result, the print. But for Graham Ward, the flaws and imperfections made from his glass plate negatives only authenticates his photographs and the process it takes to make the final print. Photography using glass plate negatives takes a technical expertise that is now lost in a world of digital photography. Long days and long nights Graham spent in his studio in order to accomplish a light sensitive emulsion and developer that produces an image on glass. Captured by a handcrafted camera, Graham’s images are a binding relationship between art and science.
Style Glass plate negatives have been around since the mid-19th century but are rarely used today. The resulting image produced from a glass plate negative is unlike any other - It produces a sharp, detailed image that exudes a mood that only the viewer can interpret.
Technique Graham’s glass plate negative prints are produced using the Cyanotype and Vandyke method of printing. He also builds his cameras and plate holders by hand using corrugated fibreboard. The cameras can be made within a week and built to suit the subject matter.
Background Graham currently lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He is self-taught and studied Itaglio and Relief printmaking courses at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and at Gallery 44 in Toronto.
Publications 2000 – Graham’s photo of Toronto’s Harbour was featured in the “Viewer’s Pics” section of Photo Techniques.