Garry Fabian Miller
White in Blue - Late Winter (2009)
Garry Fabian Miller is one of a small band of international photographers who investigate the possibilities of camera-less photography (the interaction of light and light-sensitive paper). Miller continues to push the boundaries of photographic possibility into the 21st century whilst always keeping one eye on the past and, in particular, on a lineage that dates back to the first practitioners of the art (and science) of photographic experiment in the 1830s and '40's.
The results are unique, one-off prints that condense light and colour into spectacular images. However, the delicate balance between the art and science of these methods has come into clear focus in the past few years as the all important 'science' of the raw material - light sensitive Cibachrome paper - has come under threat from the digital age. Artists such as Miller have had to stockpile materials and re-think their practice as the manufacturers of their precious paper go to the wall.
Armed with the knowledge and experience of old methods that can't be replicated, Miller has risen to the challenge, feeling his way forward and building a bridge into a new and principally digital world. The resulting pictures suggest an evolutionary moment, sharing the values of historical knowledge with the potential of the future, and will take their place in Shadow Catchers, a major survey of camera-less photography at the Victoria & Albert Museum, in November 2010. Ahead of this they will be shown for the first time at Ingleby Gallery under the collective title The Colours.
They are remarkable pictures, embracing the possibilities of pure, liquid colour on a large scale and using the new printing technologies to restore the intensity of those first experiments in Cibachrome 40 years ago. Their staring point was a two year period of intense studio based practice - referred to by Miller as Years One and Two - that collated all of his accumulated knowledge into a kind of pattern book of ideas for the future. We will be showing groups of small-scale works from Years One and Two alongside the new large format images.
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