Dan Peyton: Early photography, chemistry and the passage of time

4 Feb 2014

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Dan Peyton delivers a talk on the early techniques of photography which are central to his artistic practise. Followed by a Q&A


In a world where the ubiquity of photography has spawned new social constructs (selfies, instagrams and sexting for example) the physical means of producing a photograph has disappeared. There is no evidence of image creation present in the image. Dan Peyton painstakingly makes photographs using early techniques in an exploration of the nature of defunct technology while posing questions about the visual fabric and passage of time. This talk will offer unique opportunity to gain an insight into the use of the early photographic techniques relevant to Peyton's practice. Ambrotype, kalitype and cyanotype and other early processes are completely technique dependent where the results reflect more about chemical reactions and reaction to UV rays than aesthetic considerations. The results have definitively influenced our visual understanding of the past. They are a chemically induced past. Making photographs today in this alchemical way creates objects imbued with a strong historical context. They hold up a mirror to the past but also to the present and remind us that photography is never truly accurate and rarely ever what it purports to be. Dan Peyton, was born Sussex, England and lives and works in the USA. Dan has worked in graphic, editorial and package design, as a commercial photographer, illustrator, copywriter and web designer. As a fine art photographer he has shown widely with work at sites including The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; SITE Santa Fe; IPCNY; Wave Hill, Riverdale, NY; Samson Projects, Boston; GV Art, London and numerous art fairs. His work is concentrated on early photographic techniques and how defunct technology relates to our current relationship with time. To reserve a place please email: info@gvart.co.uk

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