LECTURE: Chris McCaw

picture-4Chris Mc Caw
Monday, March 23, 2009

City College of San Francisco
Rosenberg Library Auditorium, Rm. #305
6:30 – 9:30 P.M.

When San Francisco based emerging photographer Chris McCaw passed out under the night sky after drinking too much whisky, he had no idea he would wake up to his next body of photographic work. “Sunburn” is a process where the sun literally burns a path into a silver gelatin paper negative creating a one of a kind original and organic record of time. McCaw says on his website: “Unable to wake up to close the shutter before sunrise, all the information of the night’s exposure was destroyed. The intense light of the rising sun was so focused and intense that it physically changed the film, creating a new way for me to think about photography. By putting the paper in my film holder, in place of film, I create a one of a kind paper negative. Each negative due to varying sky conditions and length of exposure is scorched by the sun to differing degrees, sometimes burning completely through the paper base. I used both an 8”x10”view camera and a home made 16”x20” camera to create the paper negatives.”

Chris has work currently hanging in Los Angeles, CA at the Duncan Miller Gallery until May 24, 2008 and will be showing at San Francisco Camera Work Gallery in San Francisco June 5 – August 23, 2008. Read a review of his work below.

‘Sunburns’ illuminates with astonishing camera tricks

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