(Image: Ted Yeager, Echiveria elegans, Fallbrook, CA, 2008, Photographic Silver Gelatin Print from a 4x5" negative, 8 x 10 x 1 inches; © Ted Yeager)
Ted Yeager (lives in Encino, California)
I work in the traditional method of large format black and white photography. The photographs are processed and printed individually in a traditional wet darkroom. There is no digital work done with these images. I enjoy the hands-on qualities of working with chemicals and papers. All the work shown was produced with a 4" x 5" or an 8" x 10" view camera. I use large format view cameras because it allows me to slow down and focus on the individual aesthetic qualities of each image while maintaining a level of detail that is difficult to achieve otherwise. The negatives are developed with a pyro staining developer. 8” x 10” negatives are translated into contact prints by placing the negative directly on the photographic paper then exposing the paper to a light source. Most 4” x 5” negatives are enlarged to an 8” x 10” print with the use of a photographic enlarger.The prints are archivally processed, toned, and washed on a double-weight, fiber-based, silver gelatin paper. The use of a selenium toner is used for it's archival qualities and slight deepening of the blacks. The photographs are then mounted and matted on 100% acid-free archival mat board. Each print is signed and numbered in limited editions of 30.
Ted Yeager is offering a wide variety of originals for sale in the ArtSlant Salesroom (here)