Jody Ake Savoy
Medium Ambrotype (full plate)
Mount in modern frame
Photo Date 2003c Print Date 2003c
Dimensions 10 x 8 in. (254 x 203 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Kneeling Afro-American female nude. Jody Ake creates portraits, nudes, still lifes and landscape images using the collodion printing process, an historic photographic technique which involves using a large format camera and custom cut glass plates. Invented in 1851, the method involves coating a glass plate with collodium and exposing the plate while it is still wet. Ake is one of a handful of contemporary artists who have revived the collodium process, mixing all the chemicals individually for each exposure. He also makes ambrotypes, which are a form of a positive collodion process. He holds a BFA from the College of Santa Fe and a MFA from the University of Oregon. Ake participated in the 1999 Oregon Biennial and he has been featured in "Photography's Antiquarian Avant-Garde: The New Wave in Old Processes" as well as "The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes."
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