We Are Selma | The Selma Portrait Project
by Kathryn Mayo
Carmel Visual Arts, Barnyard Shopping Village
3694 The Barnyard, F22, Carmel, CA 93923
Friday, June 8th through Saturday, June 30th, 2018.
Saturday, June 9th, 2018, 6–8pm
Carmel Visual Arts welcomes Kathryn Mayo, a photography professor at Cosumnes River College near Sacramento, with an exhibition of her wet plate collodion ambrotypes. The exhibition features Kathryn’s photographs from an important series titled: We Are Selma | The Selma Portrait Project.
Kathryn Mayo spent a year on sabbatical from teaching in California’s Central Valley to return to her native Selma, Alabama to photograph its citizens using a vintage process. Wet plate collodion refers to the 1800’s process of coating glass plates by hand and exposing them in a large format view camera through a vintage portrait lens. The results are exquisite negative photographs, that when exhibited on a black background, become rich images with the illusion of real life depth.
Her childhood experiences growing up in Selma add an interesting perspective and enhance the relationship for the viewer with these unique art photographic objects. The work was most recently on display at the Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama.
Kathryn will also be giving a lecture at Center for Photographic Art on Thursday, June 14th , from 6:30 – 8pm about her project. It will be held at Carpenter Hall in Sunset Center, Carmel as the second installment of CPA’s lecture series.