We are delighted to offer S. Gayle Stevens’ “Blow” as our 2016 PhotoNOLA Collectors Club Print. Stevens is known for creating elegant and ephemeral images using alternative and antiquarian processes. Blow is drawn from her Calligraphy series, which features plant and animal specimens collected on her walks. The work intertwines two concepts: beautiful line drawings and the memento mori, capturing, in the artist’s own words, “shadows of what was.”
Blow is sold out in its original tintype series and is being reprinted in this exclusive edition for PhotoNOLA. The edition is an archival pigment print, featuring an 7×7” image size on 12×10” cotton rag paper. Proceeds from the print support programming initiatives of PhotoNOLA, New Orleans’ annual photography festival.
“Her wet plate collodion images are expressive, magical, and individual. Using modified Holgas and cameraless photography, she works to tell stories and create a new visual language.”
– Aline Smithson, LENSCRATCH
PhotoNOLA established the Collectors Club series as a fundraising initiative with a mission to encourage collecting. Each year we partner with a photographer to create a limited edition print. The program offers the public an opportunity to collect original works by contemporary photographers at an accessible price point.
About the Artist
S. Gayle Stevens has worked in antiquarian photographic processes for over fifteen years. Her chosen medium is wet plate collodion for its fluidity and individuality. She exhibits extensively across the United States and internationally. Stevens received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. She is an educator, speaker, juror, curator and active member of the photographic community. Named one of the Critical Mass Top Fifty Photographers for 2010 and 2014, Stevens received second place in the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards in 2011 and was a finalist for the Clarence John Laughlin Award in 2012 and 2014.
Stevens’ work has been featured in Fraction, Square, Shots, Diffusion, B + W, South by Southeast, and Fusion magazines. She has been published in Inventing Reality: New Orleans Visionary Photography (Luna Press, 2013), Calligraphy, a collection of her work by North Light Press (2013), and in the third edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes (2015). Stevens’ work is in the permanent collections of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Rockford Museum of Art, the Center for Fine Art Photography, the University of New Mexico Art Museum, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. She divides her time shooting between Pass Christian, Mississippi and Downers Grove, Illinois, where she resides. Stevens is represented by: Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale, Catherine Couturier Gallery in Houston, Gallery Kayafas in Boston, and Paul Cava Fine Art Photographs in Philadelphia.
S. Gayle Stevens – Blow, 2011 from the series Calligraphy
S. Gayle Stevens – Self portrait with patterns