Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Artists at work – John Chiara

Photography by John Wilson White, PHOCASSO.<br />San Francisco CA. 415-362-1238<br />Http://<br />[#Beginning of Shooting Data Section]<br />Nikon D100 <br />2006/10/10 13:42:30.5<br />RAW (12-bit)<br />Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)<br />Lens: <br />Focal Length: 0mm<br />Exposure Mode: Manual<br />Metering Mode: Center-Weighted<br />1/125 sec - F/0<br />Exposure Comp.: 0 EV<br />Sensitivity: ISO 200<br />Optimize Image: <br />White Balance: Direct sunlight<br />AF Mode: Manual<br />Flash Sync Mode: <br />Flash Mode: <br />Auto Flash Comp: <br />Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)<br />Tone Comp.: Less Contrast<br />Hue Adjustment: 0°<br />Saturation: <br />Sharpening: Low<br />Image Comment:                                     <br />Long Exposure NR: Off<br />[#End of Shooting Data Section]<br /> You see some artists work and say to yourself, how did he do this? I’ve said this several times when it comes to photographer John Chiara. His work is visually arresting. It’s haunting and dreamlike and challenges my senses. I love it. You can read more about him in this article.

Chiara’s process produces giant, shiny prints that are battered and unevenly exposed—an appearance that gives you the sense of an artist wrestling a thing into being. I learned of Chiara in 2006 through his work at Crown Point Press, where he made photogravures that are physically well behaved compared to his direct photo work but no less magical for being smaller and flat. His work does not depend on the novelty of its process.

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