Curtis Wehrfritz Tells Stories with Daguerreotypes and Wet Plates


As much as old-timey photos go, the usual 35mm and 120 films that we use are not the oldest means to create images. Visual artist, director and photographer Curtis Wehrfritz still uses more “traditional” means of photography to create stunning imagery.

“Momento Mori” by Curtis Wehrfritz

Daguerreotypes and wet-plate photographs are quite hard to stumble upon nowadays. With all the processes involved in making those photographs, it’s amazing to see that there are artists who are still continuing the works of the old masters of photography. These are just passionate people who still views photography as a work of art – from composition of the photograph to the final intricate moments in the dark room with chemical substances.

*Curtis Wehrfritz* is one of those passionate people. He uses daguerreotype and wet-plate photography processes to create amazing imagery that borrows degrees of darkness from surrealist masters and dreamscapes from otherworldly experiences.

“Momento Mori” by Curtis Wehrfritz

His series “Momento Mori” is, as he described “story telling” in the most basic sense. His sometimes haunting photographs have a certain darkness to them that not only shows a picture but somehow creates a story in the viewer’s head. His works using traditional means of photography is like weaving a story all on its own. The time consuming process is like a performance art showcased in the dark room.

You can view more of the visual artist, director and photographer’s work on his website Fluidrive.

All information and photographs used in this article were sourced from Curtis Wehrfritz’s site spotted via Top Photography Films.

written by cheeo on 2014-01-27 in #lifestyle #curtis-wehrfritz #wet-plate-collodion #daguerreotype

One Comment

  1. bsdunek
    bsdunek ·

    Great! Very creative.

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