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When Randy Richmond sent us his work to review, we all had the same reaction of "I love it!", so the decision to begin representing him was a pretty easy one.  Randy is a pleasure to work with, and much like his work, his personality a delightful mix of mischievous and sincere. You can see more of his artwork on our website here. Randy's work will be on view from September 7 - October 4 as part of the annual Voices from the Warehouse District show in Dubuque.  We hope you enjoy learning more about Randy and his work!
 
                          
 
A Probable Descent and Unfinished Prairie Sonata, Selenium Toned Van Dyke Prints, 5 x 7 inches
 
After spending 20 years in the dark(room) Randy carefully and suspiciously stepped into the light of a glowing computer monitor. His last years of film photography were spent lugging around a large Kodak 8X10 view camera. This made the transition from silver-halide to pixels a difficult one, but it also instilled in him a dedication to detail and a strong appreciation for the aesthetics of past photographic processes. Randy now pursues several photographic projects while subverting the photographic paradigm by converting silver based materials to digital, as well as using imagery that began as pixels and transporting that imagery back in history to handmade cabinet cards and Van Dyke Brown prints. He utilizes this cross-pollination of photographic mediums like ingredients in a photographic cookbook to communicate concepts and observations.
 
  
Portait of the artist
 
Randy has shown his work in numerous solo, group, invitational, and juried exhibits nationally, and internationally. His interpretation of environmental issues has been the focus of special exhibits created for the Door County Land Trust, the Keeweenaw Land Trust, and the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. His work is in the permanent collections of The Center For Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, Kishwaukee College in Malta Illinois, and Project Art of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

 

A little more about the Van Dyke process: The Van Dyke brown print process was named for the resemblance of the print color to the brown oil paint named for the Flemish painter Van Dyke. This print method is based on the first iron-silver process, the argentotype, invented in 1842 by the English astronomer, Sir John Herschel. A concentrated silver nitrate solution is hand applied to thick watercolor paper. When the paper is dry it is sandwiched with a negative and exposed to the sun or other UV light source. The resulting image is processed through a series of washing baths, a selenium bath which shifts the tones from van dyke to a deeper chocolate brown, and a fixing bath before being washed for an hour. The selenium bath also helps to make the image permanent. Because the silver solution is absorbed deeply into the paper the image has an amazing tonal range and appears to be dyed into the base material.

Randy removing the exposed print

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