Ctrl+P: Photography taken offline — John Cyr

Select images from series Developer Trays © John Cyr
Select images from series Developer Trays © John Cyr

Ctrl+P: Photography taken offline is an exciting new venture at Catherine Edelman Gallery inspired by the hundreds of photographs we see on blogs and online galleries. Started in January 2011, CEG introduces Chicagoans to new artists we find while searching the web, exhibiting a small selection of one person’s work every two months, taking the pictures offline and putting them on the wall. It is our goal that Ctrl+P will provide further exposure for these photographers away from the glow of a computer monitor and without the temptation to click to the next link. We hope you will join us by unplugging from the internet and visiting CEG to see these photographs the way they were intended — in print.

Our latest installment of Ctrl+P features the work of John Cyr. John 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.

Richard Misrach’s Developer Tray, 2011

Developer Trays

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

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John Cyr Photography

Time Light Box – 2011

PDN Photo of the Day – 2011

NPR The Picture Show – 2010

aCurator – 2010

Wired – 2010