John Cyr September 9 — October 29, 2011

From the mid nineteenth century until today, silver gelatin printing has been one of the most utilized photographic processes. From classic reportage to fine art photography, the majority of it was performed in a black and white darkroom until the mid-1970’s. As recently as 2000, black and white darkroom classes still served as the location for introduction to photography courses. The digital advances in photography over the past ten years have been remarkable. I am photographing available developer trays so that the photography community will remember specific, tangible printing tools that have been a seminal part of the photographic experience for the past hundred years. By titling each tray with its owner’s name, I reference the historical significance of these objects in a minimal manner that evokes thought and introspection about what images have passed through each individual tray.

John Cyr (b. 1981) is a Brooklyn based photographer, printer and educator. In 2010, Cyr received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.  In 2011, he was the recipient of the New York Photo Award in the Fine Art Series category and was juror Anthony Bannon’s selection for the Project Prize in the Daylight/Center for Documentary Studies Photo Awards. Cyr's work has been published in PHOTO+ Magazine, Rizzoli's New York: A Photographer's City, and Humble Arts Foundation's Collector's Guide to New Art Photography and can be found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the George Eastman House and the American Museum of Natural History. His work has been featured in Time’s Lightbox, NPR's The Picture Show, Wired's Raw File, PDN's Photo of the Day, and aCurator.  Cyr is an adjunct faculty member at the International Center of Photography. In addition to working on his own photographic projects and teaching, he owns and operates Silver 68, a traditional silver gelatin printing studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn’s Photo District.

All images are available as 20 x 16" and 28 x 24" pigment prints made in editions of 10 and 5, respectively. Prices range from $2200 to $3800 depending on size and availability.

Please call: (312) 266-2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

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Aaron Siskind's Developer Tray, 2010
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Andrea Modica’s Developer Tray, 2011
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Edna Bullock’s Developer Tray, 2011
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Emmet Gowin’s Developer Tray, 2010
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Richard Misrach's Developer Tray, 2011
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Sally Mann's Developer Tray, 2011