Please join us Thursday, October 27, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. for the artist reception and Monday, November 14 at 2:30 p.m. for a gallery talk by the artist. Both events are free and open to the public.

“In the halcyon days of photography (1839 –1888), cameras were beautiful hand built objects, made of rare woods, and brass. Lenses were hand ground and mounted on wood boards to t these ‘view cameras’. Film came in the form of individual glass plates or plastic sheets coated with light sensitive salts, that matched the standard view camera sizes, typically 4×5 inches, 5×7 inches, 8×10 inches, 11 x 14 inches, and larger. Each exposed plate or sheet of lm required individual hand development in a darkroom. These large developed bxw negatives were printed in contact with light sensitive photo papers. This was before the days of roll lm,

(invented by the Eastman Kodak company in 1888) ‘blow-up’ enlargements made in a darkroom, and digital photography that no longer requires lm, processing chemistry or darkrooms.

All the photos in my exhibit were made using one of the standard view camera sizes and printed in a 19th century printing process called the Platinotype, invented in 1873 in England. The view cameras on display as part of my exhibit represent the classic view cameras used during the golden age of photography.”

– Thomas John Shillea

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Ann Lalik, Gallery Director at annlalik@ or 610.285.5261.

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Call 610.285.5078 for additional evening and holiday hours.