An exhibition of photographs by CDS Photography and Digital Arts Associate Harlan Campbell is on view now at the NC School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) as part of their Fine Arts Series. A Few Photos I Made Last Week, featuring works taken using multiple formats over seven days, will be on view in the school’s ETC Auditorium Lobby through June 1, 2017. Campbell has been selected as a Visiting Artist at NCSSM for the Spring 2017 semester.
Below, an excerpt from Campbell’s artist statement explains the conceptual impetus of the project:
What can you accomplish photographically if you give yourself just one week? When I accepted the position of Visiting Artist at the NCSSM this spring, I was given the honor of also having a concurrent exhibition. Looking back at twenty-four years of my photographic work, it was difficult deciding what to include and it became clear that what I really wanted to do was push myself to create new work. I decided to give myself one week—the week before the show would open—to produce as much as possible, using many different processes, including 35 mm, medium format, and large format film; handmade 4×5″ gelatin dry plate glass negatives; wet plate collodion (tintype); and pinhole, digital, and cell phone cameras.
While photographing places and people encountered in my normal routine—in the back yard, in downtown Durham, and at work at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University—a visual document of the week began to emerge. This exhibit is a selection of the images that stood out.