Alison Rossiter

American, b. 1953

Acme Kruxo, expired c. 1940s, processed 2009

From the series Lament

Gelatin silver print
12.7 x 17.8 cm (5 x 7 in.)
Purchase with funds from the Photo Acquisition Fund
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Label TextAlison Rossiter has been finding unexpected beauty in expired photographic papers since 2003, when she processed in her darkroom unexposed Kodak Ektachrome paper that had expired in 1946. She discovered that although the paper was no longer suited to traditional photographic printing, time had left its imprint on each sheet. Changes in temperature and relative humidity, along with fingerprints, mold, scratches, and other accretions, emerged during development, activating her creativity. Surprisingly, the final works often resemble landscapes, constellations, or abstract paintings. Treating her materials as entities with latent memories, Rossiter’s work delivers a sense of the alchemical spell that the earliest photographs likely cast on their nineteenth-century viewers.
Inscriptionsverso (in pencil): SBG-AR-4-0155-C; [artist's signature]; Acme Kruxc [sic], exact expiration date unknown, CA. 1940's, / processed in 2009
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