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Charles Schwartz - Light Reclaimed - Woman with Shawl
Charles Schwartz
Light Reclaimed - Woman with Shawl
$950
Charles Schwartz - Light Reclaimed - Young Boy Wearing Kimono
Charles Schwartz
Light Reclaimed - Young Boy Wearing Kimono
$950
Charles Schwartz - Light Reclaimed - Young Man Wearing Bow Tie
Charles Schwartz
Light Reclaimed - Young Man Wearing Bow Tie
$950
Charles Schwartz - Light Reclaimed - Young Woman With Hat
Charles Schwartz
Light Reclaimed - Young Woman With Hat
$950

Light Reclaimed - African American Nanny and Child

For over 35 years I have collected daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes; small, intimate images from the 19th century that can be carried in a pocket and displayed at will. In collecting these images I usually looked for a perfect, flawless piece, but over time I found myself drawn to the undesirable – broken, scratched, partially destroyed images where the imperfections rather than ruining the object seemed to impart a greater beauty. This new way of looking at photography was intriguing. I kept these flawed treasures in a box and called them my orphans.

As I continued to add to my ‘orphan collection’ and consider why I was drawn to these damaged images, a friend introduced me to wabi sabi, a Japanese concept that includes the celebration of objects that bear the marks of time and use. Suddenly I looked at these “imperfect” images in a new way, and realized that my fascination with their aesthetic qualities could be explored through my own work.

- Charles Schwartz

Light Reclaimed
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Exhibited and Sold By
Charles Schwartz Ltd.

21 East 90th Street
New York, New York   10128   USA

Contact Charles Schwartz

Email cms@cs-photo.com

Phone 1-212-534-4496

By appointment

 

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