Buckley, Brian

Brian Buckley, New York, USA

Lower Manhatten artist, Brian Buckley is using chemical photographic processes to create his images. His work involves Polaroid, gelatin silver prints, cyanotypes, model building, scanner images and large-scale printing. In 1999, he received his BFA in photography from Parsons School of Design. Buckley began making photograms and other alternative process photographs along with small temporary sculptures. Buckley's works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. One area of Buckley's focus is documenting art and artists for archive and publication. In addition he teaches photography to teens in the downtown of Manhatten area and is a collaborating artist to Adam Fuss Studio, working on the world's largest Daguerreotypes and some of the last CIBA chrome large-scale photograms.


I am using a historic darkroom and chemical tradition with a modern approach and contemporary materials.  Using large format color Polaroid film in complete darkness, I manipulate glass, weapons, camera parts and filters on its surface and expose them to light. The result is a field of shapes, colors, and shadows, which become a permanent record of light and my momentary assembly.  
The photogram allows me to produce images with less realistic results.  My intent is to create narrative around these light impressions giving identity to otherwise static objects. I am also commenting on the end of Polaroid film and the film camera. This finite collection celebrates the beauty of light, object and Polaroid Film. *

*As of December 2008, Polaroid will no longer manufacture instant film.

from the series: "circles"

Brian Buckley began doing photograms during work in a darkroom. Once hooked on this basic form of light and film, Brian began researching the photograms history. Through studying artists like Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Piet Mondrian the artist's understanding has become clearer. The next step included adding color film to the equation, this is evident in this body of photograms. Finally, finding abstract patterns and forms from objects. Through the use of 8 x 10 inch Polaroid materials the artist is able to use vibrant colors to assist in finding rich meaning from these simple shapes. Brian has found harmony between the most basic photographic process, basic subject matter and complex thought provoking images.