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The American West on Display at Danziger Gallery

Posted By AIPAD, Monday, November 09, 2015

For the photographer Ian Ruhter, whose first New York show opens tomorrow at Danziger Gallery, success has come from climbing into his work. “The game-changing moment came when I realized I could be the camera. I could be the mechanics of it,” Ruhter says. From inside the lens of a delivery truck converted into a camera, Ruhter becomes the machine’s very manual settings: the shutter and the processor, and also the “film,” which he makes from scratch on sheets of aluminum up to five feet wide. (Light-sensitive collodion plates, once wet, need to be exposed and developed in a matter of minutes, but the whole set-up takes about a day for a single image.) “It takes so much time,” he says, of choosing not to “jump out of a car and take a selfie” at a lookout. “It really makes me sit there and be part of the environment, and suck it up and enjoy.”


Read the rest of this article in The New York Times by clicking here.

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