Magness Library will be exhibiting the vintage methods of a local photographer in the months of June and July.
A reception for Richard Swim will be offered this Saturday, June 9, from 2 to 3 p.m.
“I’ve been doing this for about 20 years, but I didn’t get serious about it until about 10 years ago,” said Swim. “This will be my first exhibit. Every one of these photographs is unique and they are original. I couldn’t re-create one the exact same if I tried because of the process that I use.”
The show is called “Vintage Methods” and will include more than 40 photographs produced using vintage and alternative photography methods.
“In this exhibition you will see two basic types of prints,” said Swim. “The first is the traditional black and white. It is a Silver Gelatin process, done in a dark room with the trays of chemicals we all have seen on TV and in movies. The second type is the Cyanotype. Invented in 1842 by Sir John Herschel, it is the classic blueprint. A chemical is painted onto cotton paper and exposed in sunlight.”
Swim said he doesn’t just take a picture. Instead, he makes a photograph.
“Making a photograph is an individual journey that has many forks in the road and is always unique. No two prints are ever the same. This journey involves taking the picture, developing the film yourself, then making an enlargement print. Throughout this process an individual style must arise. This is what I do. This journey, from shutter to print, for me is what I consider to be the difference between taking a picture and making a photograph.”
Several vintage cameras used by Swim will also be on display.
Light refreshments will be offered during the reception.