John Chiara, ‘Laney at 5th’, 2011, Headlands Center for the Arts: Benefit Auction 2017

John Chiara (Artist in Residence ‘10) has developed a process that is part photography, part sculpture, and part event. It is an undertaking requiring invention in his tools and patience in using them. He creates one-of-a-kind photographs in a variety of hand-built cameras that he transports on a flatbed trailer. Chiara received his BFA in Photography from the University of Utah, and his MFA in Photography from the California College of the Arts. He has been an Artist in Residence at Crown Point Press, San Francisco, in 2006 and in 2017, and at Gallery Four, Baltimore in 2010. In 2011, Chiara's Bridge Project was commissioned by the Pilara Foundation, San Francisco, and was included in the Pier 24 Photography group exhibition titled HERE. In 2012 Chiara was one of thirteen international artists whose work was included in the exhibition Crown Point Press at Fifty at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C., and at the de Young Museum, San Francisco.
–Courtesy of Headlands Center for the Arts

Framing courtesy of The Painters Place

About John Chiara

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.

American, b. 1971, San Francisco, California, based in San Francisco, California