November in the Matz Gallery
Alexander C. Thompson Twenty Years On
Alexander Thompson is among the anachronistic holdouts in photography. Using only film, in real cameras, Alexander develops all of his own work. His images are a broad mix of the personal, the generic and the cliché. But all of them hold true to a vision Alexander has pursued since before he ever picked up a camera.
Once a floundering art student, with more enthusiasm than talent, a chance discovery of a cache of cameras and darkroom equipment in an attic changed his course in 1995. “People ask if I’m a professional photographer when they see me setting up the somewhat elaborate cameras I use. I tell them that ‘professional’ would mean I make a living at it, so no.”
Alexander calls it an obsession driven by love. He is always looking, and he’s seldom without a camera.
“I’ve never been tempted by the lure of easy results offered by digital imaging. For me photography’s about the craft and the process. Not software and inkjet printers.”
The prints appearing at the Matz gallery in November will all be for sale, either through his website, via smartphone via QR coded tags on each print, or by contacting the artist by phone.
Tea and greet will be on November 5th from 6-8 P.M.
Darkroom tools and analog cameras will be on display, and there will be demonstrations of the Sepia Toning process at intervals. Rain or shine.
(Image: “Elephant and friend, Topsfield Fairgrounds 2014.”)
“Alexander Thompson” runs from November 1st to November 31st in the Matz Gallery at the Sawyer Free Library,2 Dale Ave. Gloucester.