Bryan Whitney

Photographer Bryan Whitney is not merely drawn towards process, he pushes process beyond what is expected.  While traditional cameras are occasionally employed, the printing may not be.  And vice versa. Tintypes, x-rays, zone plates and even less obscure and archaic processes such as Polaroid film are employed.  In addition to paper, non-traditional supports such as Mylar are also introduced.  Materials and complex optical effects, sometimes incorporating mirrors or mirrored surfaces are the among Whitney’s darkroom tools.  Imagery, too, plays a crucial role in combination with the process.

For example, the “Obscure Structures” series is based on architecture that has an unknown, obscure or mysterious function.  This includes such structures as an "Anaerobic Digester", A “Wigwam” chip smoker, moving cranes on a dam, amusement park structures and more.  The images are made without a proper lens, instead using a "Zone Plate” which is simply a piece of Mylar with a very small bulls-eye printed on it which miraculously produces through diffraction, an ethereal image that is less sharp than even a pinhole image.  The images were photographed using a 4x5 camera using negative film, which was then scanned directly without inverting to a positive. This approach creates an otherworldly aura in the image.  

Environment is a significant element, too.  ‘Light, More Light’ brought large-scale x-ray images of plants into the old palm house of the Vanderbilt Mansion.  Suggestive of both the original use of the room and of stained glass windows, the images create a spiritual transcendence.

Whitney received his MFA in photography from the Tyler School of Art and has been an instructor at the International Center for Photography and at the Center for Alternative Photography in New York.

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Bryan  Whitney Bird Nest Fern Bird Nest Fern
Archival pigment print on rag paper   2010
4/25
20 x 16 in

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Bryan  Whitney Calla Bouquet 3D Calla Bouquet 3D
Archival pigment print on rag paper   2012
edition 25
20 x 16 in

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Bryan  Whitney Calla Lillies Calla Lillies
Archival pigment print on rag paper   2002
edition 25
20 x 16 in

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Bryan  Whitney Calla Lillies Calla Lillies
Archival pigment on watercolor paper   2002
35 x 47 in
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Bryan  Whitney Cherry Blossoms Cherry Blossoms
Archival pigment print on rag paper   2011
2/25
16 x 20 in

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Bryan  Whitney Chrysanthemum new Chrysanthemum new
Archival pigment print on rag paper   2008
3/25
20 x 16 in

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Bryan  Whitney Fiddle Head Fern Fiddle Head Fern
Archival pigment print on rag paper   2010
3/25
20 x 16 in

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Bryan  Whitney Foxglove Foxglove
Archival pigment print on rag paper   2010
2/25
20 x 16 in

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Bryan  Whitney G A Z E G A Z E
Pigment print  
32 x 62 in

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Bryan  Whitney Iris Iris
Archival pigment print on rag paper   2002
edition of 25
20 x 16 in
Call For Price
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Bryan  Whitney Lillies 3D Lillies 3D
Archival pigment print on rag paper   2012
3/25
20 x 16 in
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Bryan  Whitney Magnolia Magnolia
Archival pigment print on rag paper   2010
2/25
20 x 16 in

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Bryan  Whitney Nasturtium Nasturtium
Archival pigment on watercolor paper   2010
1/7
35 x 47 in
Call For Price
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Bryan  Whitney Nasturtium Nasturtium
Archival pigment print on rag paper   2010
20 x 16 in

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Bryan  Whitney Nautilus Nautilus
Archival pigment print on rag paper   2000
21 x 16 in
Call For Price
WHIB11415
Bryan  Whitney Obscure Structure _1 (Observatory) Obscure Structure #1 (Observatory)
Archival ink on cotton rag paper   2003
1 of 7
44 x 56 in
Call For Price
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Bryan  Whitney Obscure Structure _10 (Airport Radar) Obscure Structure #10 (Airport Radar)
Archival ink on cotton rag paper   2005
1 of 7
44 x 56 in
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Bryan  Whitney Obscure Structure _12 (Carousel Stopped) Obscure Structure #12 (Carousel Stopped)
Archival ink on cotton rag paper   2004
1 of 7
44 x 56 in
Call For Price
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Bryan  Whitney Obscure Structure _18 (Sculpture) Obscure Structure #18 (Sculpture)
Archival ink on cotton rag paper   2006
1 of 7
44 x 56 in
Call For Price
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Bryan  Whitney Obscure Structure _2 (Chipper_ Wigwam) Obscure Structure #2 (Chipper/ Wigwam)
Archival ink on cotton rag paper   2003
1 of 7
44 x 56 in
Call For Price
WHIB8427
Bryan  Whitney Obscure Structure _20 (Water Tower) Obscure Structure #20 (Water Tower)
Archival ink on cotton rag paper   2007
1 of 7
44 x 56 in
Call For Price
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Bryan  Whitney Obscure Structure _4 (Barn) Obscure Structure #4 (Barn)
Archival ink on cotton rag paper   2005
1 of 7
44 x 56 in
Call For Price
WHIB8429
Bryan  Whitney Obscure Structure _5 (Anaerobic Digester) Obscure Structure #5 (Anaerobic Digester)
Archival ink on cotton rag paper   2004
2 of 7
44 x 56 in
Call For Price
WHIB8430
Bryan  Whitney Obscure Structure _9 (Salt Storage) Obscure Structure #9 (Salt Storage)
Archival ink on cotton rag paper   2004
1 of 7
44 x 56 in
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Bryan Whitney Description

Photographer Bryan Whitney is not merely drawn towards process, he pushes process beyond what is expected.  While traditional cameras are occasionally employed, the printing may not be.  And vice versa. Tintypes, x-rays, zone plates and even less obscure and archaic processes such as Polaroid film are employed.  In addition to paper, non-traditional supports such as Mylar are also introduced.  Materials and complex optical effects, sometimes incorporating mirrors or mirrored surfaces are the among Whitney’s darkroom tools.  Imagery, too, plays a crucial role in combination with the process.

For example, the “Obscure Structures” series is based on architecture that has an unknown, obscure or mysterious function.  This includes such structures as an "Anaerobic Digester", A “Wigwam” chip smoker, moving cranes on a dam, amusement park structures and more.  The images are made without a proper lens, instead using a "Zone Plate” which is simply a piece of Mylar with a very small bulls-eye printed on it which miraculously produces through diffraction, an ethereal image that is less sharp than even a pinhole image.  The images were photographed using a 4x5 camera using negative film, which was then scanned directly without inverting to a positive. This approach creates an otherworldly aura in the image.  

Environment is a significant element, too.  ‘Light, More Light’ brought large-scale x-ray images of plants into the old palm house of the Vanderbilt Mansion.  Suggestive of both the original use of the room and of stained glass windows, the images create a spiritual transcendence.

Whitney received his MFA in photography from the Tyler School of Art and has been an instructor at the International Center for Photography and at the Center for Alternative Photography in New York.

Bryan Whitney Statement

Bryan Whitney is a fine art photographer from New York who specializes in installation work and  alternative imaging techniques, including x-rays, 3-D and lens-less photography.  He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Psychology of Art, holds a Master of Fine Arts from Temple University and was the recipient of a Fulbright lecture grant. Whitney’s work has been exhibited in galleries in the US and internationally and featured in numerous publications. In addition to traveling the globe for special projects for various museums, he teaches photography at the International Center of Photography in New York.

The Obscure Structure series explores haunting and abstract architectural forms that seem to exist in a parallel universe. These enigmatic structures were captured over years of travel throughout America, and reveal a love for obscure vernacular architecture. Each soft and ethereal “day-for-night” image was captured on large format negative film using a “zone plate”, an extremely simple optic similar to a pinhole . The structures are transformed from their common utilitarian function of storing road salt, burning wood chips or treating waste water into a menagerie of mysterious anthropomorphic characters that inhabit a twilight world where imagination and abstraction freely combine. 

Bryan Whitney Resumé

1981    B.A. Psychology of Art, University of Michigan

1988    M.F.A. Photography, Tyler School of Art

1992    Fulbright Grant For Lectures on American Photography

 

Selected Exhibitions, Work & Awards

 

2015    David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, One Person Show

            Speculum Speculorum, EFA Gallery, New York, NY, Group Show

2014    Instructor, International Center of Photography, New York, NY

            Photographs In Sudan For Qatar Museums Authority, Aerial and 3D Documentation

     of 7C. BC Kushite / Egyptian Temples

            Visiting Artist, State University of New York, New Paltz      

2013    Radio Flora, Clark Gallery, Niles MI, One Person Show

            Artists Residency, Associazione Culturale Civilta De Mediterraneo, Casamasella, Italy

            Photography Instructor, Center For Alternative Photography, NY

2012    “Infrastuctures”, Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, Atlanta, GA, One Person Show

            Botanica Miribilis, Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, Atlanta, CA, Two Person Show

            Guest Lecturer, Savannah College of Art and Design

            Photography Instructor, Cheyney University 

            Artist in Residence – 2005 to present, Elizabeth Foundation For The Arts

2011    Photographs for Georgian National Museum, Sponsored by UNESCO Grant

            Lecture at Centre at Center For Alternative Photography

            Instructor, Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University, (2008-2011)

2010    Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clifton, NJ, Installation in “Botanica” Group Show

            Pergamon Museum / Islamic Museum of Art, Berlin Ottoman Interiors from Syria and

     Lebanon

            OQBO Gallery, Berlin, Paperfile#6, Group Show

2009    “Myriad: The Ten Thousand Things”, Installation, AC Gallery, New York

            Photography of Historic Ottoman Interiors from Syria and Lebanon for the

     Metropolitan Museum of Art

2008    “Light, More Light”, Installation, Vanderbilt Conservatory, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY

            “Infrastructures”, Anthony Giordano Gallery, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY

2007    “Divine Intentions”, Installation, Power Center, University of Michigan,

2006    “Passing By”, Installation, Montblanc Artists Commission, 57th & Madison, NEW YORK, NY

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