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Alison Rossiter’s unique handmade camera-less photographs emphasize the process and materiality of the photographic image in an increasingly digital age. She collects expired photo papers spanning every decade of the 20th century and explores the visual potential that remains in these often forgotten relics.
Working with chemistry and the specific marks of time left on the paper itself, Rossiter creates minimalist compositions varying from atmospheric scenes that subtly evoke landscape, to images consisting of organic forms or geometric shapes. The photographer’s process travels through time and the history of photography, giving materials of the past a new place in the present.
Alison Rossiter was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1953 and currently lives and works in New Jersey. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of numerous major institutions. Rossiter’s recently published book, Expired Paper, co-published by Radius Books and Yossi Milo Gallery, has just been nominated for Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation photobook of the year.
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Image: Alison Rossiter, Lumière Lumitra, exact expiration date unknown ca. 1960, processed in 2014, from series Fours, quadriptych, unique gelatin silver prints. © Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.