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INTRODUCING JO BRADFORD | NEW AUTOGENESIS EDITIONS

March 13th 2016
Consisting of 15 individual photographic prints, new artist Jo Bradford’s Eyestorm edition Autogenesis is taken from original cameraless photographs, which are each created by exposing light directly onto photographic paper in the darkroom. Read more about the new work and the fascinating process in which it was made below.

Jo Bradford’s work first caught our eye back in October 2015 and it’s always such a delight to discover great new artists who have been creating fantastic work in their studio for years that hasn’t yet had the exposure it deserves, giving us the opportunity to do so.

It was a project of Jo’s commissioned by the Imperial College London and funded by the Welcome Trust that first caught our eye. Created by exposing layer upon layer of modulated light onto light-sensitive paper in the darkroom, the ‘Lensless Molecular Imaging’ piece was produced in collaboration with Dr Rhiannon Holmes White at the Imperial College, who uses similar techniques in her scientific research. After reading about the work, which was also exhibited in Brick Lane in 2012 as part of the project, we became very interested in Jo’s processes. A few conversations later, ideas for Autogenesis began to emerge. The result is the work we’re presenting today: an impressive series of 15 individual prints taken from original photographic works referred to as ‘luminograms’, which are made by tracing light onto light sensitive paper in the dark room, with no use of a camera or film.

With extreme patience and a very steady hand, from her colour darkroom on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, Jo creates each of the images by hand by using masks to alter the path of carefully-timed brief flashes of light, which are refracted into the colours of the rainbow. It’s a painstakingly meticulous process that takes immense skill, which Jo has gained during her 20 year career. These works are pure photographs that don’t represent an external reality, referring only to themselves. They’re essentially photographs of photography, with the photographic medium as the subject.

Once the original luminograms had been made, it took the brilliant technicians at Tapestry a full day to process and in the end they were ready for printing at their Clerkenwell branch,. The next couple of days were spent there with Martin and Brendan making sure every print was perfect. Once all had been approved, one set was then sent to the framer ready to be shown and Battersea, and one to New York for the Affordable Art Fair in Chelsea at the end of March.

Working with an artist like Jo who is extremely passionate about her work and equally professional in her outlook and working practice, is such a pleasure, and the whole experience has been a great one. She is a true artist on all levels and her work very much reflects this; her dedication, attention to detail and the ability to achieve perfect execution are all evident in this stunning series that is not only pleasing to the eye but also has credibility as a well thought out and exceptionally created piece of art.

Autogenesis can be bought as a full set for £4080.00 or as individual prints for £310.00 each. Frame prices are available on request.

See the full set in more detail and read more about Jo Bradford and her working practice here.
ANGIE DAVEY
Creative Director
JO BRADFORD
Autogenesis (set of 15)
 
 
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