New Americans, Collodion Photographs
December 5, 2020 - January 3, 2021
Outdoor Opening Reception
December 5, 5-7 pm, weather permitting
New Americans is a photography installation of exquisitely rich black and white, wet plate collodion photographs depicting immigrants who came to the U.S. in the1960s or later. The portraits are up-close studies of women and men whose images emerge from the collodion photographic process that Jill Enfield deftly manipulates to enhance the essential nature and depth of character of each individual. This photographic process was often used for portraiture in the 19th century, so there is a pronounced resonance with late 19th/early 20th century immigrants to the United States.
Ms. Enfield’s images have been printed directly onto vintage glass windows and pieced together to form a glass house. The distressed nature of the old windows can be seen as a reflection of the immigrants’ struggles and reinforces Enfield’s deep affection and reverence for each of her subjects. The collection is both a tribute to the new immigrants and their contributions to American culture in areas of art, literature, fashion, cuisine, and more, as well as a display of Enfield’s contribution to experimental photography.
Statue of Liberty, collodion wet plate photography
Glass House Installation for New Americans
Kadidja, collodion wet plate photography
Yasu and Maya Umetani, collodion wet plate photography