Exhibition Run: September 2- 27, 2009 Opening Reception: Thursday, September 3, 6-9pm
ViewPoint Gallery is proud to host an exhibition by internationally renowned photographic artist, author and teacher André Gallant.
At once innovative and nostalgic, Luminescence in Polaroids unites the arts of painting, chemical photography, and digital printing in a collection of timeless images. This is a unique exhibition that evokes the art of painting as well as a bygone era of photography.
The dreamlike, painterly quality of these images results from a unique and painstaking technique. The original photographs were taken on Polaroid SX70 Time Zero film, which ceased production in 2006. The dyes on SX70 did not fully dry for about two days providing the photographer with a unique window of opportunity to manipulate the surface of the image. Gallant explains the process of creating these "polapainted" images and transforming them into the large-scale prints seen in the exhibition:
"With a fine burnishing tool, it is possible to draw on the Polaroid, creating scratches and moving the chemicals around. The final photo is then scanned at high resolution on a flatbed scanner. I then print from the scan on fine art textured paper or canvas. The technique makes the images look like paintings. This is one of the reasons I've embraced the technique".
André Gallant is an internationally renowned photographic artist, and teacher, and the recipient of two National Magazine Awards for his photography. He is the author of Photographing People at Home and Around the World, Destinations: A Photographer's Journey, and Dreamscapes: Exploring Photo Montages.
He was also the photographer for the illustrated books Winter, The Great Lakes, and Seacoasts, all written by Pierre Berton. André teaches Photography Workshops with Freeman Patterson, with whom he co-wrote Photo Impressionism and the Subjective Image, as well as the revised edition of Photography for the Joy of it. A regular contributor to Photo Life, André's work has appeared in numerous magazines such as Outdoor Photographer, Canadian Camera, Canadian Gardening, Canadian Living, Gardening Life, En Route, and more.
He lectures throughout Canada and the USA as well as internationally. He resides in Saint John, New Brunswick.