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PETER ANDERSON

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAMS by PETER ANDERSON
2011

After years at the top of his trade behind the camera, London–based photographer Peter Anderson has been inspired to make, rather than take photographs.

Known for his portraits of the famous and infamous of the rock n roll world, which have hung alongside works by Warhol, Basquiat and Banksy, he exhibited this unique set of photograms which were inspired by the experimental spirit of early art photography characterised by Man Ray and his Rayograms.

They were assembled from the faded icons, flotsam, jetsam, detritus and wildlife of our pop culture using now almost obsolete industrial De Vere and Durst enlargers to champion the idea of our urban anthropology. The objects used in the photograms were from the immediate surroundings just as the rock portraits of Joe Strummer, Tom Waits, Mick Jagger etc were inspired by their surroundings.

Measuring an impressive 5ft x 4ft these photograms are handmade silver gelatin prints using traditional wet darkroom techniques to create a photographic image made without a camera, but by placing objects directly onto the surface of a photo-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light.

The result is a negative shadow image varying in tone, depending on the transparency of the objects used. Normally it consists of random objects moving in parallel, synonymous with contrast, objects or texts that oppose one another. Areas of the paper that have received no light appear white; those exposed through transparent or semi-transparent objects appear grey.