If you’re in Philadelphia and haven’t seen Robert Asman: Silver Mine, at The Print Center, you have until March 31stto go see it. Robert’s show is a thirty-five year retrospective featuring sixty-seven framed photographs that occupy all three floors of the center. There are two major motifs represented in the show the human figure and the urban landscape. While both genres have been explored extensively throughout history, Robert’s personal vision and printing technique present us with something fresh to examine.
The fact that all the photographs were shot using film and all prints were made by hand in a traditional darkroom is not in itself unique. What is unique is that Robert did not stop at making the perfect print. Knowing all the rules he then proceeded to break them. He not only breaks the rules, he tears, cuts, slices and shreds them. Viewing his work it is clear that he has not only mastered the art of black and white printing but he has transcended it.
The show will travel so look for it in a city near you. There is also a book in the works.
Robert lived in Philadelphia for thirty years where he taught photography and operated Asman Custom Photo, a custom black and white lab. He now lives in Asheville, N.C. and opened another lab Alchemy Ink where he still works exclusively with black and white gelatin silver materials.
The Print Center
1614 Latimer St
Philadelphia, PA 19103