Monday, 28 September 2015

"chemical bath" artists: Marianne Priest

Marianne Priest is an American photographer living and working in northern lower Michigan. After taking up photography in the late 90s, she taught herself analogue photography and lith printing - the techniques that she uses now - through reading, experimenting and trial and error.

For the past several years, Marianne has been working exclusively with and perfecting the lith printing technique. Working with what normally is a monochrome technique, Marianne has recently started hand-colouring her prints with oil paint. Using 35mm and medium format film, and cameras such as Holga, and Great Wall, she makes small enlargements, no bigger than 8x10, which requires the viewer to get close to each image, making them engage more intimately with her images.


The subject Marianne portrays most often is nature, either landscapes or still lifes. She describes her style as close to pictorialism, an aesthetic that was most popular in the 19th and early 20th century before it was pushed out of mainstream by the so-called straight photography

During "chemical bath" we'll be showing a selection of Marianne's lith prints and hand-coloured lith prints. Marianne doesn't currently publish her work online, but keep your eyes peeled!

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