NEXT EXHIBITION - TIME AND REMAINS - of Palestine, our selection of work conceived by photographer, James Morris, during a period of time he spent in Israel and Palestine, will be open from 11 June 2019, - 1 - 4.30pm
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Pete Davis

in conversation with Geoff Young for ffoton Wales


Ffotogaleri y gofeb has the privilege of representing Pete Davis in Wales and our current exhibition features 10 of his fine silver/gelatin and platinum/palladium prints. He has worked and taught in the field of photography since the 1970s, including 18 years at the University of Wales, Newport as senior lecturer and then course leader. His 2017 retrospective at the National Library of Wales / Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, encompassed the entirety of his photographic work, which has taken him and his large format camera around the British Isles, Europe and the USA on various projects, but he is best known for his landscape work, both colour and black and white. He has many stories to tell about hauling his camera up mountains and through forests, and that work is represented here, but this is also an opportunity to view and understand more about his most recent still-life work of plant seed-heads grown and gathered from his own garden.

Pete Davis is a meticulous craftsman. Of the Platinum /Palladium process, where there is no other option for photographers using the process than to master it themsleves, he writes: “the only way to make platinum prints is for individual photographers to prepare the sensitising chemistry themselves and individually hand-coat quality papers prior to contact printing them from specially prepared negatives. The tonal range of the material is longer than conventional silver-based emulsions and requires the photographer to visualise the final image in a very different way from making a conventional black and white photograph.”

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Pete Davis notes the mix of the sensitizing chemicals he has used along the edge of each of his platinum prints - as in IRIS #8, 2019

 

 
 
 
 

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