The series Developer Drawings is an experiment to make photographs using only light and the varying developers contained in Polaroid and Impossible Project instant film. Rather than expose the instant film with a camera, I test the parameters of the materials themselves by using the developer encased in the frame of every print to compose an image. As I manipulate the developer under the plastic skin of the print surface, the existing light triggers reactions which change the color and the texture of the developer and film emulsion below it. Every drawing records a new expression of the photographic material and the agency of light, demonstrating that there is already a latent image inside of each instant film print, waiting to be released. – Lisa McCarty
Lisa McCarty is a photographer, filmmaker, curator, and educator based in Durham North Carolina.
Most recently she has participated in exhibitions and screenings at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Chicago Photography Center, Griffin Museum of Photography, Houston Center for Photography, Asheville Art Museum, the American University Museum, the New York Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Cairo Video Festival, and Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival.
Lisa has held curatorial positions in archives, libraries, galleries, and private collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum Library, the Peace Corps Archive, George Mason University Art Galleries, the Cassilhaus Collection, The Nasher Museum of Art, and The Center for Documentary Studies. Lisa received a MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University and is currently Curator of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University’s Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library as well as an instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies.
Image: Developer Drawing 050841154-02 0645 3232 by Lisa McCarty