Photographs can be made from ash, clay, egg and tree sap. Artists in the 19th century figured out how to do some of this. Over the past year, post-bac resident artist Sienna Kuhn and I figured out the rest. Photography does not need to be an industrially mediated procedure. You do not always need to buy pre-made materials or send your digital files off to a printing service to have pictures. In conjunction with an exhibition on the process in Clemens Library, we describe some of the ways in which 19th century ingenuity, contemporary experimentation, and 21st technology can produce pictures made out of the raw materials of a place.
Murphy, Scott K. and Kuhn, Sienna, "First Body(ies): Photographs of CSB/SJU made from egg, clay and ash" (2013). Forum Lectures. 91.