Paris Photo 2017 John Chiara, Mississippi
Paris Photo 2017
John Chiara, Mississippi November 9 - 12, 2017

Jackson Fine Art is proud to announce our participation in the 2017 Paris Photo fair, November 9 -12 at the Grand Palais. We'll be featuring a solo exhibition of work by John Chiara in Booth P4 of the Prismes sector on the upper level of the fair, a space dedicated to the presentation of exceptional projects including large-format, series, and installation works. 

Bay Area photographer John Chiara captures cityscapes and landscapes in a process that is part photography and part event, creating one-of-a-kind photographs in a variety of hand-built cameras. The largest of these cameras is a 50 x 80-inch field camera transported by the artist on the bed of a flatbed trailer. Once a location is selected, Chiara physically enters the camera, manipulating positive color photographic paper in near total darkness, using his hands to burn and dodge the image.

The resulting landscapes are evocative and layered, retaining traces of Chiara's innovative technique-irregular edges, glimmers of the translucent tape used to affix the paper to the back wall of his trailer. With Mississippi, John has captured the sensuous setting of the Mississippi Delta in an ongoing body of work he began in 2013. These introspective and unique prints emulate the hazy sluggishness of a Southern summer, their sun-scorched slow exposures punctuated by streaks of brilliant color and ethereal impressions of the places they interpret.

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