Darkroom Artist features the fine art photography of Shannon and Colleen Graham, specialists in traditional black and white film photography, often with an experimental, contemporary art twist. The original silver gelatin prints are created in the darkroom at S&C Design Studios.
The vision is one thing and the technique is another.
The physical process and chemical reaction of producing silver gelatin prints are among the most fascinating transformations that a person can witness. It is at that moment—as the latent image slowly appears in the developer tray—when the true magic in photography comes to life. That is the point in which you know that every step you have taken along the way, every detail that you picked at, and every bit of perfection that you demanded was not in vain.
We invite you to step into our world, one where form, contrast, and light are more important than the subject.
Our artwork reflects decades of experience in the medium and a true passion for keeping its traditional techniques alive. Of course, once you learn all the rules, it's time to break them! That is where many of the pieces take a fascinating turn. The more avant-garde pieces have been described as "simply captivating," "rustic industrial," and "moody" by collectors.
Any artwork is better experienced in person and that is definitely true of a silver gelatin print. The often rare and unique papers we choose have a different feel; a texture, depth, and tonal range that is challenging to fully convey online.
The contrast is so much deeper and complex, the textural elements added by the different papers are very different when experienced in real life. These things are not as vivid when portrayed in the digital realm.
- Lisa Pooré, Sculptor
Experience our work for yourself. We regularly show in galleries and travel to some of the top Midwest art shows each summer. Event listings will be announced as they are booked. Many pieces are showcased in the Darkroom Artist Gallery and in-person studio visits are welcome.