9th September 2014
Photography has long been a meeting place of the mechanical and the magical—in the nineteenth century, Henry Fox Talbot described it as “the art of fixing a shadow”—and Walter Hugo & Zoniel produce work that invokes this enigmatic formula. Part physicists and part geologists, they push the medium against itself and away from the digitised everyday, subversively re-introducing the role of the craftsman through early techniques like ambrotypes, tintypes, salt prints and pigment prints.
There’s something inescapably seductive about these terms on their own, and Walter Hugo & Zoniel’s alchemical activities have attracted growing attention. They have exhibited at galleries both in London and internationally, and were this year nominated for the esteemed Paul Huf prize in Amsterdam. Celebrated by the likes of Vogue and i-D, their self- developed technique of the “photographic fresco” has been characterised as an astonishingly inventive blend of Michelangelo and Man Ray.
In anticipation of their forthcoming October exhibition at the Cob Gallery, we are exhibiting selected archive works at Blacks Club and are delighted to host an afternoon of high tea with an artist talk from the duo. Tuesday 9th September from 3pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.