Rare and unseen Hendrix photographs go on display at Harrogate art gallery
28th July 2011
PHOTOGRAPHERS. It’s hard to know whether some of the photographs you shoot today might have historic value 30 years from now. It may be even more difficult to imagine what types of technologies might be available to display the images you shoot today.
For example, few photographers who began shooting black-and-white film in the 1960s and 70s could have envisioned the wide range of options they now have for printing and displaying their images. In fact, many images archived on film have yet to converted into digital files.
That’s why it’s heartening to see efforts to enhance and preserve historic darkroom printing processes at the same time that new digital printing and display options continue to be developed. Below are two stories that illustrate the blending of the old and new.
Photo Exhibition: Jimi Hendrix at Mason’s Yard
A mix of traditional and modern techniques were used to print, mount, and display photographs of Jimi Hendrix featured in an exhibition at the RedHouse Originals gallery in England. The exhibition is entitled: “The Experience: Jimi Hendrix at Mason’s Yard.” Photographer Gered Mankowitz shot the images during two sessions at his studio in 1967. The exhibition includes previously unseen images as well as a classic portrait of Jimi that is known around the world.
The gallery’s first floor features Mankowitz’s handmade black-and-white silver gelatin prints, in recognition of the fact that silver-gelatin prints continue to be favored by many collectors of fine-art photography.
The non-traditional prints displayed on the gallery’s ground floor and landing area keep Jimi’s spirit alive by showing collectors what else is possible when artists dare to experiment with their instruments. Many of the boldly conceived prints created by Mankowitz and RedHouse Originals show some of the artistic and colorful effects that can be achieved with modern tools for editing, printing, and displaying scanned black-and-white film. The exhibition includes prints in sizes up to six feet high, as well as lenticular images, images in lightboxes, and “softsharps” (images that move from soft to sharp focus before your eyes).
To see the full catalog of images in the exhibition, visit the RedHouse Originals website. The exhibition ends Sunday, August 28.
The Experience: Jimi Hendrix at Mason’s Yard