Have you ever heard of the process called cliché verre? Learn more about this, as well as see more of young photographer Taylor Curry's work after the jump!
In the early 19th century, just some time before the advent of photography by means of a camera, a process called cliché verre was commonly practiced by artists. According to Wikipedia, this “is a method of either etching, painting or drawing on a transparent surface, such as glass, thin paper or film and printing the resulting image on a light sensitive paper in a photographic darkroom.”
We’ve heard of some contemporary photographers practicing early photographic techniques such as the wet plate, but rarely something as old as the cliché verre. We’ve recently stumbled upon this wonderful work by Savannah, Georgia-based photographer Taylor Curry, called Feathers, which he had produced through this process. Aside from feathers, Curry had also taken cliché verre images of fish, Polaroids, and USA’s founding fathers as depicted on their dollar bills.
Photography has been used since its advent as a tool for indexing. The photographs presented before you are a product of that history. These photographs are a camera-less exploration of the object as well as the medium of photography. The Cliche-Verre, to me, is quite literally Nature as the Negative. The items are placed directly onto a 4×5 or 8×10 glass plate. Using the color enlarger, I project the specimen onto 8×10 color film, RA-4 Color paper or Polaroid film capturing the image. By enlarging the item it allows us to look closer at details not seen by the naked eye. These images to me comment on both Darwinism and photographys ability to index. – Taylor Curry