KTOO will be hosting a photography exhibition this Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. featuring the work of Ron Klein.
The exhibition of photography is presented using two unique styles. Both were created with antique cameras. Images of the Oregon Pendleton Roundup, Alaskan Native people, and local characters are only the tip of the iceberg to this show.
Known for years as the “long skinny picture guy” Ron is featuring four panoramic images that offer a marked difference to the collodion wet plate photography that is his current interest. The 1920 “Cirkut” panoramic camera is not dead yet, and can still out perform digital cameras in many ways. Totally opposite the panoramic views, Klein is presenting a series of portraits made with the wet plate process.
Invented in 1851 by Frederick Scott Archer, wet plate camera work rapidly replaced the Daguerreotype as the mainstay of photography because of lower costs and the ability to make multiple copies from a glass plate negative.
The drawback to this method is that the photographer must prepare, expose, and develop the plates while the coating remains wet or the chemical reaction will not work. In the field, this means a portable darkroom must be constructed with careful attention to the collection of waste chemistry for proper disposal.
The final product is an image that cannot compare to today’s modern digital photography perfection. The charm of the ancient process is perhaps the slowness of film speed and tonal ranges that are unlike what we are accustomed to seeing in new imagery.
“My photos are by no means perfect, not because of the process, but the fact that I haven’t mastered the craft yet. In one sense it proves perfection is not needed. On the other hand there is still more work to do.”
It will be interesting to see if viewers find the link between the long panoramas and the collodion images.
- The City and Borough of Juneau Lands Committee will discuss a proposal to give Indian Point, also known as Auke Cape, back to the Auk'w Kwaan at its Oct. 23 meeting.
- Jeremie Shaun Tinney, 39, was sentenced to 220 days in prison and fined $3,000 for failing to stop for a peace officer, driving while intoxicated, and assault during the Dec. 3, 2016, incident.
- A lawsuit filed in federal court this week seeks to remove the residency requirement for people gathering signatures for state ballot initiatives.
- For the second time in two years, a Skagway political figure has been ordered to pay a fine for incomplete financial disclosures. Assembly hopeful Dan Henry failed to disclose substantial debt on his candidate paperwork. He will still be able to run for office in the upcoming election.