Photographs by Adam Bartos.
SteidlDangin, 2011. 80 pp., 40 color illustrations, 11½x14½".
Signed copies available!
Darkroom charts the physical and psychic terrain of photographic printing rooms while conveying their transition from
the realm of pure functionality into historical artifact. Indirect portraits of both producer and product, Bartos’ work
explores the physical space linking artist to artwork and linking the tools of the medium to the signs of their use.
As more darkrooms switch to digital printing or close shop altogether, we become more aware that the tangible
elements of darkroom printing may one day be lost. Bartos’ recent large-format work documents and explores in equal
measure the visual language and ethos of that analogue printing culture before it slips beyond our experience forever.
The acrid odour of chemistry, an uncanny stillness hanging in damp air – Bartos records the descriptive aspects and
spatial constraints of the darkroom but also visualizes the lab as a site of limitless creative potential, invested with as
much aura as a photographic print. Heroic and humbling at the same time, these portraits speak to the individuality of
the workspaces and their inhabitants but also to the shared architecture of all darkrooms. Bartos presents us with the
perceptual tools to know the darkroom as it is today and to remember it one day as it will have been.
Read Antone Dolezal's photo-eye Blog post on Darkroom here.