Photographing In The Key Of C
Cedric Chatterley Talks About and Demonstrates His Amazing Handmade Large Format Cameras
See the related exhibitions at CDS and come to the opening reception and artist talk:
Olive Branch: Twenty-five Years in the Life of Mark Fisher and Cedric Chatterley and Reciprocity: Cedric Chatterley’s Handmade Cameras
January 28–May 21, 2010
Kreps and Lyndhurst Galleries, CDS
Reception and Artist’s Talk:
January 28, 2010
talk at 7 p.m.
Cedric Chatterley was a graduate student in photography, hanging out with his camera in Cairo, Illinois, when he was approached by a young man who invited him to photograph “everything in my house that’s broken.” Mark Fisher believed in the power of the photographic document to facilitate change, and thus began Chatterley and Fisher’s twenty-five year (so far) collaborative project Olive Branch, named for Mark’s Illinois hometown. The exhibition, which includes photographs, journals, ephemera, and handmade cameras, documents nearly three decades of Mark Fisher’s life and reveals the evolution of this remarkable relationship at the foundation of Chatterley’s most important work.
Cedric Chatterley makes photographs using film and he still prints in the darkroom. A few years ago, he started making cameras. The first cameras Chatterley built were made for him alone, an exercise in the imaginative and practical use of found objects and cast-off materials. He then became inspired to collaborate with friends and fellow artists—not only in creating images but also in constructing the instruments used to make them.