MORDANÇAGE PORTFOLIO

In 1983, the beginning of my photographic workshop journey in Provence, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Jean-Pierre Sudre, the founder of Mordançage. Mesmerized by his talent and knowledge of the photographic chemical reactions, I visited his atelier with students each summer since that workshop and until his death in 1997. In 1991, he offered a week-long seminar on Mordançage for seven Americans, and so began my passion for working in this process.

The collection of photographs shown here were created in this French process "Mordançage." Starting with a high contrast gelatin silver print, the photographic silver emulsion is chemically lifted, removed, or rearranged in the shadow areas.

The "draped veils" in the images are my contribution to this process, accomplished by using drops of water to preserve and rearrange the delicate floating silver skin. As such, each piece is unique and is one-of-a-kind.

Sudre once said "you must let your heart and soul enter into this" for the process to work. Not only has my heart and soul entered, but remained firmly planted, as I constantly seek to develop the endless possibilities the "photo gods" offer.

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Prices starting at $1200. Limited edition archival pigment
prints also available. Please inquire.

CLICK HERE TO SEE MORDANÇAGE IMAGES BY J. P. SUDRE