Keliy Anderson-Staley
American, born 1977
Selected exhibitions
Light Work at The Photography Show 2018, presented by AIPAD,
Light Work
Light Work at The Photography Show 2017, presented by AIPAD,
Light Work
Gallery Artists 2017,
Catherine Edelman Gallery

Using a wooden camera and the wet plate collodion method of tintype photography, Keliy Anderson-Staley creates stunning black-and-white portraits in the tradition of Mathew Brady and Julia Margaret Cameron. To create images with incredible depth and contrast, she uses hand-poured chemistry dating back to the 1850s. In the series “[hyphen] Americans” she explores the multifaceted nature of American identity: African-American, Irish-American, etc. The portraits are revealing but anonymous with the subject staring directly at the camera, in the style once used for “scientific” ethnographic studies based on (often racist) interpretations and physical characteristics. She has since expanded the series to include portraits photographed with personal objects, as a way of exploring the way contemporary Americans create their personal histories. In addition, she has created cityscapes, …

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