Vaughn Hutchins: Light Off the Landscape

Gallery 1401

Working with the light falling through the centuries-old canopy of the coastal redwoods of Northern California and reflecting off the ancient walls of Yosemite Valley, Vaughn Hutchins transforms this light into images using large format cameras and the 19th-century photographic processes of carbon printing and platinum printing. As an important part of his life, Vaughn's triplet sons have also become part of his images as he explores the forms light creates as it is reflected off the landscape.

A carbon print is a photographic print with an image consisting of pigmented gelatin, rather than of silver or other metallic particles suspended in a uniform layer of gelatin, as in typical black-and-white prints, or of chromogenic dyes, as in typical photographic color prints. The carbon process was patented in 1864. Hutchins’ work in carbon printing and platinum printing has been published in Christopher James’ The Book of Alternative Processes (Second Edition, 2008) and Dick Sullivan’s The Book of Modern Carbon Printing, 2007 and in ViewCamera magazine.

Hutchins attended Lincoln College in New Zealand and earned a BS degree in Natural Resource Management from Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif. During that time, he had the opportunity to study photography with faculty members Tom Knight and Thomas Joshua Cooper, and soon became a workshop assistant for the Friends of Photography, Owens Valley Workshops and the Center of Photography (Carmel, Calif.). Hutchins worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 12 years, doing a variety of jobs including counting fish, packing mules, building trails in the wilderness and fighting fires. In 1991, he became the darkroom technician for the Humboldt State Art Department and is well known for his workshops on the Carbon Printing and Platinum Printing processes. Hutchins’ work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and beyond, including the Morris Graves Museum, Eureka, Calif.; Twain Tippets Gallery, Utah State University, Logan, Utah; Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite, Calif.; Himawari-no-Sato Gallery, Japan; Mumm Napa Gallery, Rutherford, Calif.; College of Art, UST, Kumasi, Ghana; and the Solomon-Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, Calif.

Hutchins will demonstrate the carbon printing process on Saturday, March 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Anderson Hall, Rooms 632 and 608-10. From 2 p.m. on, he will stay and work in the same location with a small group of students and faculty who have brought their own negatives. This workshop will continue on Sunday, March 3 at the same times. On Tuesday, March 5 at 1 p.m., Hutchins will give a gallery talk about "Light Off the Landscape."

Hutchins' visit is sponsored jointly by the Printmaking department and the Photography program's McGonnigal Trust for the Support and Appreciation of Hand-Altered Photography.

This exhibition is concurrent with "Jayne Wexler ’83 (Photography): Nolita, 10012" in the Sol Mednick Gallery, Gallery 1401's sister space on the 15th  floor of Terra Hall. The UArts Photography program operates both galleries.

Above: "Three Boys, Three Snags," Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, 8x10 Carbon Print.

Terra Hall
211 South Broad Street, 14th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States

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