Published 08/07/13

A Walk on the White Side

A new exhibition of silver gelatine 'Faux Lith' prints by Tim Rudman

Gold Street Studios and Gallery. Trentham East, Melbourne, Australia

'A Walk on the White Side' provides a collection of glimpses into the soundless, minimalist world of winter, where snow isolates, obscures and simplifies, leaving a calligraphic landscape largely devoid of midtones.

Shot on film, often in lonely or remote areas in temperatures of -20C or less, Tim Rudman's 'faux lith' prints are made on fibre silver-based paper in the traditional darkroom and are chemically toned.

UK based, ILFORD PHOTO Artisan Partner, Tim Rudman is an internationally renowned photographer-printer. The prints in this exhibition are handmade on ILFORD MULTIGRADE WARMTONE FB paper. Rudman calls this printing technique 'faux lith', for although these prints in some ways resemble lith prints in appearance, they are not made using his lith processing chemicals, but with conventional Ilford black and white developer.

The effect is produced by the manipulation of exposure and contrast to eliminate mid tones, pin the highlight tone and emphasize the black tones, followed by the use of bleach reducer and sulphur-based chemical toners to change the silver in the light tones in the paper from grey to a soft yellow-brown, both for the aesthetic and to ensure maximum archival permanence.

Tim is well known internationally for his pioneering work in Lith Printing and distinctive toning methods of Black & White silver gelatine prints, authoring a number of books and hundreds of articles in this field. He exhibits his work internationally and has taught in every corner of the globe, with work held in collections worldwide, including The Permanent Collection housed at the National Media Museum in Bradford UK.

The exhibition runs from August 16th to October 6th 2013. Viewing by appointment only. Telephone Ellie Young on 613 5424 1835

1st Published 8 July 2013 15:27 Posted by Ben Jones
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