Yesterday's Tomorrow

A photography professor of mine used to always repeat this mantra: “Pre-visualization is everything.” In other words, great photos are made when photographers understand exactly what they’re going to do with a negative before they click the shutter. Masters know what developer, paper, toner, and process they’ll employ for the effect they want. The photos on exhibit in “Yesterday’s Tomorrow” (through Aug. 28) demonstrate rare and sometimes obsolete finishing processes. For example, with its crinkles and faded colors, Joan Bowers’ shot of a fair ride, Torture Wheel, reminds me of unpleasant experiences at the carnival. Bruce McCaughey’s Watering Can will bring anyone back to summer with its warm tones and weathered look overlaying a flower peeking from a metal bucket. Says exhibitor Ken Osthimer, “Alternative processes are just much more satisfying than traditional silver prints.” Odegaard Library, UW campus, 543-2990, www.lib.washington.edu. Free. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. JOSHUA LYNCH

Thu., July 3, 8 a.m., 2008

 
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