Bea Nettles Butterfly
Medium Gum bichromate print
Mount on original vinyl mount
Photo Date 1980 Print Date 1980
Dimensions 23-1/2 x 19-1/2 in. (597 x 495 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Unique gum bichromate print on vinyl in a custom frame. Exhibited: International Center of Photography, New York, "Eye of the Beholder: Photographs from the Avon Collection," September 12 - November 16, 1997. Provenance: Avon Collection. In the early 1980's, Bea Nettles used a large pinhole camera to produce large multi-colored bichromate prints. Each of these images is made from a single large-scale ortho film negative, which has been printed repeatedly to build up the rich color. These prints document the daily events of raising two pre-school children, and are autobiographical landscapes of the imagination engaged close to home.
Bea Nettles has been exhibiting and publishing her autobiographical works since 1970.
Since that time, she has had over 50 one-person exhibitions including the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Light Gallery and Witkin Gallery in NYC. Her works have also been shown internationally in major group exhibitions.
Her images are in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Canada, the Polaroid International Collection, the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the International Museum of Photography at the Eastman House, and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona. Her artists’ books can be found in special collections libraries at universities including Yale (Beinecke), Washington, and Virginia.
She taught photography and artists’ books from 1970-2007 at Rochester Institute of Technology, Tyler School of Art, and the University of Illinois, where she is currently Professor Emerita.
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