Mike Robinson Lily & Pitcher 1
Medium Daguerreotype (1/2 plate)
Mount in glass mount
Photo Date 2002 Print Date 2002
Dimensions 0 x 0 in. (0 x 0 mm)
Photo Country Canada
Photographer Country Canada
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Half plate daguerreotype by Mike Robinson. Signed and dated by the artist on image and signed on the reverse of mount. Over a period of six months Mike produced a series of 21 half-plate daguerreotypes for the series Flowers 2002. A collection of floral still lifes, some with the addition of hand-coloring, these plates also play on the brilliant whites presented by objects from a private collection of granite ware. As usual with Robinson's work, Flowers 2002 combines an exceptional range of tonality, three-dimensional detail, and a modern choice of subject matter. The result presents a clear challenge to those who would pigeonhole the daguerreotype as a process which is inherently 19th century, or view the 19th-century daguerreotype as a "lost art" whose technical qualities are inaccessible to modern artists. Plates from the Flowers series are housed in a simple but elegant custom-designed paper matting.
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