Garry Fabian Miller ( presented Wednesday 8, Thursday 9 & Sunday 12 November) is one of the most progressive figures in contemporary fine art photography. Born in 1957, he has made exclusively ‘camera-less’ photographs since the mid 1980s. He works in the darkroom, shining light through coloured glass vessels and over cut-paper shapes to create forms that record directly onto photographic paper. These rudimentary methods recall the magical experiments of the earliest photographic pioneers of the early C19th and have led to a unique visual language of one-off prints that condense light and colour into spectacular images.
Since the gradual extinction of his analogue materials Cibachrome paper and its related chemistry, Miller has experimented with the balance of liquid and solid colour afforded by Lambda printing to find new ways of making very small editions of large scale colour images. Miller lives and works on Dartmoor in the South West of England and has work in many distinguished collections including the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Victoria and Albert Museum London has the largest public collection of his work, gathered over thirty years. In 2019 there will be a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California.
Ben Cauchi (presented Friday 10, Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 November) has, for the past fifteen years, engaged in a practice examining the nature of photography and the psychological implications of viewing. His work is made with an updated and experimental approach to the very earliest photographic techniques – the wet-collodion process producing ambrotypes and tintypes, one-off positives on glass or metal, and most recently with photograms and burnishing to make cameraless photographs of light. As he has described: “they are in a sense photographs of nothing. I’m not so much trying to put an image in front of the viewer as offering them an obscured mirror… what they see in it is entirely up to them”. Cauchi has one foot in the 21st century and one in a time of pioneering discoveries in the worlds of science, industry and reason, when spiritualism and mesmerism held the public imagination. This dichotomy is at the centre of his work; he stages scenarios in the studio and, using the photographic process itself, blurs the lines between what is, and what is not. His work is held in many public collections internationally including the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He was born in New Zealand in 1974 and since 2012 has lived and worked in Berlin, Germany.