Recently, a friend of mine ( Leah D’Ambrosia) sent me this reading. I was so excited to hear about this and more amazed that they had these photos and they have never been seen!! The most recent stash comes in the form of 1,000 photographs from the Farm Security Administration photo project that have been rediscovered at the New York Public Library.
For those of you who know me pretty well, the FSA photographers have been a huge inspiration to foundation of how I begun my documentary work on social issues. They were truly some of the best photographers around and really influenced the start of American documentary photographers.
The new discovered prints include work by Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans and Russell Lee. The original mission of the Farm Security Administration project was to photographically combat American poverty, but today the work is considered an important documentation of American life.
Ian Ruther is a photographer I came across from people using facebook and vimeo to show his work. He has been photographing by using the old process of wet plates, but onto huge images of silver sheet metal. It is probably one of the most amazing processes I have ever come across. Since I have been experimenting with my own process about etching cooper and zinc with Ferrier chloride, I can’t help to take notice to this! I have become so intrigued with going back to traditional techniques of photography and hope that I will continue to keep motivated. Its people like this in the field that keep me motivated.
Here is what I found out!
Ian Ruther has taken the 19th century photographic process wet plate collodion a complex hands on craft of using silver nitrate to produce insanely enormous photos to the next level. Known for innovative snowboard photography across the globe, Ruther has succeed in capturing riders in mid-air, becoming the only person in history to suspend motion with this process using artificial light.
This project was created with the same spirit that america was founded on. Our intentions are to connect everyone in america through the lens of this camera and social networking sites. We can’t do this without you. We want to tell your story and show your city or town through photographs of you, and people you know. As we travel around america looking for people and places to shoot you will be able to keep track of where we are going and help us decide where we go next. Join us in our journey by liking our facebook to get yourself photographed by us.