Alison Rossiter, ‘Nepera Velox, expiration August 1908, processed 2009’, Stephen Bulger Gallery

Series: Lament

Signature: Signed, titled and dated, in pencil, au verso

Image rights: © Alison Rossiter / Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery

About Alison Rossiter

Alison Rossiter makes photographs without using a camera. Captivated by the mechanics and materials of pre-digital photography, she collects decades-expired photographic paper—the oldest dating to 1900—which she develops in her darkroom, coaxing out of each sheet the gorgeous composition of lights and shades it holds within. Though Rossiter has used a camera, and has made photograms of books and light drawings of horses, she focuses on her experiments with expired paper. Her intimate compositions often resemble moody landscapes or Abstract Expressionist paintings. With titles like Eastern Kodak Royal Bromide, expired March 1919, processed in 2010, Rossiter documents the paper she uses and its expiration and processing dates, emphasizing its history. “It’s time travelling,” she explains. “I can hold a Fuji paper that I know was made between the wars and I’m transported to pre-World War II Japan.”

American, b. 1953, Jackson, Mississippi