Opening Reception, Friday May 4th 6-9pm,
Artist's Talk May 11th 6:30-8pm,
Exhibition May 2-28, 2007
Photograms are a historical photographic technique. I created this series in the spirit of the 19th century photographer
Anna Atkins, whose photograms both cataloged and recorded plant life. My images are less about documentation and more about
transforming objects and optimizing chance. This work also seeks beauty and purpose in the mistake. I received a bad batch
of photographic paper and fell in love with the metallic surface of the damaged photographic emulsion. These accidents are
where new ideas are spawned, and I refine the process in my creative practice by further manipulating the already damaged
emulsion. Creating photograms is a contact printing process that involves placing objects directly onto the paper, and uses
sunlight, photographic emulsion and time to create an image.
About the Artist:
Leah Sobsey received a BA in art from Guilford College and her MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute.
She is currently a professor of photography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Leah has shown in California
and New York as well as extensively in North Carolina, including the Weatherspoon Museum, Gallery 115, Durham Art Guild and
Horace William House. This is her first exhibition with Points of View Photography Gallery.