Tim Handfield / Colour Photographs 1977 – 78 / October 17 – November 03 2012

This exhibition presents new digital prints of early colour work from 1977-78. In the 1970s most art photography was in black and white and there was a view among critics and curators that colour photography was only suitable for advertising or amateur snapshots.

I was part of a generation of young photographers who embraced colour photography for the very qualities that the critics rejected. I worked with Kodachrome film and felt an immediate affinity for the way it rendered the world. Its colours were different to other films and corresponded to my own perceptions. When Cibachrome paper became available in the late 1970s I was able to make prints directly from my Kodachrome transparencies retaining their rich colour and detail.

Kodachrome film and Cibachrome paper are no longer manufactured, and I have now been working with digital processes for many years. I regret the loss of these remarkable materials, but I also embrace the potential of the new digital medium. This exhibition presents digital prints made from the original Kodachromes. In producing these prints my aim is not to make replicas of the 1970s prints but to create new interpretations that celebrate the qualities of the originals through current digital printing methods. – Tim Handfield 2012

Tim Handfield is a Melbourne based practicing photographer. His work forms part of several prestigious permanent collections including: The National Gallery of Australia, The National Gallery of Victoria, The Museum of Photographic Art San Diego, The Australian Parliament House Collection and The High Court of Australia. In 2011 The Monash Gallery of Art exhibited Deep Skin, an exhibition which explored, through Tim’s work, the significant changes in colour photography over the past three decades.

Tim is represented by M33.

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