On First Contact is not a sci-fi themed exhibition, rather an exhibition of film-based images much smaller than the contemporary norm. Panopticon Gallery will be hosting this exhibition from September 12 through January 14, 2014 which will feature many local, national and international artists including Agnieszka Sosnowska, Keith Carter, Adam Katseff, Neal Rantoul, Stephen DiRado, Brian Kaplan, Frank White, Samuel Quinn, Stephen Sheffield, Cheryle St. Onge, Frank Armstrong, Erik Schubert, Herb Greene, Stanley Forman, Douglas Prince, Elizabeth Ellenwood, Ivana George, Amber Wachtl, and Greg Norstrom. The exhibition will give viewers the opportunity to see the exact, uncropped and unmanipulated view that the photographer saw when creating their images.
A contact print is a photographic image produced from film; sometimes from a film negative, and sometimes from a film positive. The defining characteristic of a contact print is that the photographic result is made by exposing through the film negative or positive, onto a light sensitive material that is pressed tightly to the film (courtesy Wikipedia). Contact prints are synonymous with large format cameras and come in a variety of sizes, most popular being 4x5 and 8x10 inches.
A contact sheet is one of the first things that you learn to create in the darkroom when developing and printing 35mm film. It is created when you contact a sheet of 35mm negatives onto a piece of photographic paper. This gives the photographer the ability to quickly see the images that they shot on a roll of film. By looking at a contact sheet, the photographer then selects the precise image that they would like to enlarge.
For more information and high resolution images, please contact Jason Landry at Panopticon Gallery.