Item description for Primal Images: 100 Lumen Prints of Amazonia Flora by Jerry Burchfield, Wade Davis, Jonathan Green & Jerry Burchfield...
With its fragile beauty and dark power, the Amazon has fascinated people throughout the centuries. Enthralled by its exotic and impenetrable mystery on his first visit to the region in 1998, Jerry Burchfield sought to utilize his skills as a photographer both to celebrate the Amazon's stunning beauty and also communicate his concern for its future. Primal Images is the product of his passion, composed of exquisite lumen prints created entirely without a camera or lens.
To create his lumens, Burchfield placed plant cuttings directly onto aged black-and-white photographic paper that he secured to the deck of his Amazon boat. He then let the beautifully chaotic interaction of sunlight, rain, temperature, and each plant's inherent moisture and chemistry, among other factors, play out freely in prolonged exposures. The result is an astonishing array of images---from the starkly representational to pure abstractions of color, shape, and form---that powerfully celebrate the rare and resplendent beauty of the world's largest tropical rain forest.
Burchfield's photographic technique draws on methods formulated during the origins of photography, beginning with the shadowgrams of nineteenth-century pioneers William Henry Fox Talbot and Anna Atkins and, more recently, twentieth-century innovators Harry Callahan and Robert Heinecken. Yet Burchfield adds a depth to the process that, as Wade Davis writes in his foreword, "seeks to see beneath the surface of things to the very inner worlds that shamans desire to know."
"Jerry Burchfield's images are a testament to the respect in which he holds the natural world. There is a reverence in these photograms that moves them beyond the decorative, outside the scientific, and above the formal. Burchfield quietly collaborates with the form and rhythms of the natural, celebrates the authority and simplicity of his process, and respects the products and demands of time. His images reflect an artmaking sensibility more attuned to discoveries than to dictates."---Tim Wride, associate curator of photography, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 10" Height: 11.5" Weight: 2.75 lbs.
Release Date Jul 15, 2004
Publisher Center for American Places
ISBN 1930066228 ISBN13 9781930066229
Availability 0 units.
More About Jerry Burchfield, Wade Davis, Jonathan Green & Jerry Burchfield
Jerry Burchfield is an artist, curator, author and educator living in Southern California. From 1973 to 1987, Mr. Burchfield was the co-owner of BC Space Gallery, a pioneering alternative gallery space dedicated to showing nonconformist contemporary photography. Since 1987, he has been a Professor of Photography and Photography Gallery Director at Cypress College in Cypress, California. The author of several books and catalogues on photography, Mr. Burchfield cofounded the Laguna Wilderness Press and has received numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and was the featured artist for Arts OC's 5th Annual Arts Awards in April 2004. Mr. Burchfield received an Art in Public Places Award from the Architecture Foundation of Orange County and the AIA, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Artists for a Better World, and was the Honored Educator at the Western Regional Conference of the Society for Photographic Education. Of particular note, during the summer of 2006, Mr. Burchfield, along with his colleagues in The Legacy Project, produced the Great Picture, which resulted in the world's largest functioning pinhole camera obscura and the world's largest photograph.