|Jim's Porch, West Virginia, 2013|
We have been seeing a lot of Lisa Elmaleh's photographs lately. That's a good thing.
In the age of selfies, pixels, and intagram, Elmaleh has gone all 1800's on her photography. She produces her images with a wet-plate colloidan process that was used in the mid 19th century. Instead of film, a piece of glass is covered with a sticky layer of toxic chemicals. The sticky glass plate is placed in a camera and when exposed, the glass becomes the negative.
It is the same photographic process used by Mathew Brady during the Civil War. Elmaleh has outfitted her truck with a portable darkroom and has taken it on the road. Our favorite collection of photographs is from a series called American Folk, portraits of folk musicians in Appalachia.
|Hogslop String Band. Harpeth River, TN, 2010.|
|Ralph Roberts, West Virginia, 2012|