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Sunburned GSP #428 (Sunset, Sunrise, Arctic Circle, Alaska)

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Chris McCaw, Sunburned GSP #428 (Sunset, Sunrise, Arctic Circle, Alaska), 2010, unique gelatin silver paper negatives, Museum Purchase: Funds provided by the Photography Council, © Chris McCaw, 2011.1.1a-c

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Title

Sunburned GSP #428 (Sunset, Sunrise, Arctic Circle, Alaska)

Artist

Chris McCaw (American, born 1971)

Date

2010

Medium

unique gelatin silver paper negatives

Dimensions (H x W x D)

each sheet: 24 in x 20 in

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Funds provided by the Photography Council

Accession Number

2011.1.1a-c

Copyright

© Chris McCaw

Terms

gelatin silver prints

landscapes

negatives

photographs

triptychs

Description

McCaw’s works merge nineteenth-century photographic technology with an abstract modern sensibility. The artist builds his own oversized view cameras, complete with high-powered military lenses, to accommodate large sheets of lightsensitive paper that serve as both negative and final print. He exposes each sheet of paper in the camera for many hours, allowing the sunlight that passes through the lens to mark—and even burn through—these one-of-a-kind pictures.

This three-print image, produced in the Arctic Circle during the summer solstice, traces the elegant arc of the sun as it crosses the sky, almost sinking below the horizon before rising once again during one of the longest days of the year.

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