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Title

A dead end

2007

Artist

Ben Cauchi

New Zealand

1974 -

  • Details

    Date
    2007
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    tintype
    Dimensions
    20.0 x 24.0 cm image
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated label affixed to original frame, pencil ".../ 2007/ .../ Ben Cauchi".

    Credit
    Gift of Peter Fay 2012
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    273.2012
    Copyright
    © Ben Cauchi, courtesy Darren Knight Gallery

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  • About

    New Zealand artist Ben Cauchi works with traditional photographic process to create works that often deal with themes of memory, mortality and photographic representation itself. ‘A dead end’ is a rare and important example in Cauchi’s oeuvre of an image taken outdoors. He usually makes his photographs in a studio because the antiquated processes he employs tend to require a very controlled environment due to their volatility. The procedure of making a tintype involves coating a thin sheet of iron or aluminium (in the case of Cauchi) with opaque black lacquer or enamel, this sheet is then layered with wet collodion containing silver salts just before exposure in the camera. The resultant image is thus in fact a negative, but because of the black background appears positive. Tintypes are unique images which cannot be reproduced. Cauchi works most often with ambrotypes – also unique images – so this example of a tintype taken outdoors is doubly rare in his practice.

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