John Chiara
American, born 1971
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Selected exhibitions
2017
John Chiara: New Cityscapes,
Crown Point Press
Lands End: California at Larkin,
Haines Gallery
2016
A Matter of Memory: Photography as Object in the Digital Age,
George Eastman Museum

John Chiara is an experimental photographer who makes unique works by directly manipulating photosensitive paper. Chiara always believed that too much was lost in the final photograph because of the enlargement processes in the darkroom. In 1995, he was working primarily with making contact prints with large-format negatives, but in subsequent years he developed equipment and processes that allowed him to make large-scale, color, positive photographic images without the use of film. The largest of his devices is a field camera that is large enough for Chiara to enter; he attaches the paper to this camera’s back wall and uses his hands and body to burn and dodge the image instinctively. Chiara’s developing process often leaves anomalies in the resulting images, which he embraces.