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Beth Moon

“With platinum printing, noted for its beautiful luminosity and wide tonal scale, the absence of a binder layer allows very fine crystals of platinum to be embedded into the paper giving it a 3 dimensional appearance. Unrivaled by any other printing process, platinum, like gold, is a stable metal. A print can last for thousands of years.

This process gives tones that range from cool blacks, neutral grays, to rich sepia browns. Paper choice is key, I use Arches Platine, a 100% cotton, water color paper with natural deckle edges that has been made by the same mill in France since 1492.

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Contact printing means you need a negative the size of the image. Printing methods from the 19th century teamed with technology from the 21st makes the best of both worlds. Once a negative is scanned into a computer it can then be enlarged and output as a high resolution negative printed on transparency material.

The paper is first humidified in a humidifying chamber. This is a covered box with a suspended plastic grate that the paper lies on, above a bath of water. A sensitized solution of platinum and palladium metals are then hand brushed onto the humidified paper and left to dry in a light free box. It is then put into a vacuum frame which keeps the paper and negative tightly pressed together and exposed under a UV light source. Developer is then poured over the paper as the image appears. The print then goes through 3 successive clearing baths and a final archival clearing wash. It is then left on a glass plate to dry.

In a market that places a high premium on archival work, the struggle increases to balance art, commerce and technique. Crossing the line from machine made to handmade does necessitate a commitment, and true, the work is labor intensive, but the finished results ensure a satisfaction that comes with the freedom to define many decisions while working with materials that allow you to be true to your vision. And in the end, what unfolds before your eyes is more of an ‘art-object’ than an ordinary photograph.

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Artist Information

San Francisco Bay Area artist, Beth Moon, has gained international recognition for her large-scale, richly toned platinumprints. Since 1999, Moon’s work has appeared in more than sixty solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Italy, England, France, Israel, Brazil, Dubai, Singapore, and Canada. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, and the Fox Talbot Museum in Wiltshire, England. In 2013, Between Earth and Sky, the first monograph of her work, was published by Charta Art Books of Milan. In 2014, Abbeville Press published, Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time, with a third book to follow that same year from Galerie Vevais, La Lange Verte. Moon studied fine art at the University of Wisconsin before moving to England where she experimented with alternative photographic processes and learned to make platinumprints.

Artist Website: bethmoon.com/

San Francisco Bay Area artist, Beth Moon, has gained international recognition for her large-scale, richly toned platinumprints. Since 1999, Moon’s work has appeared in more than sixty solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Italy, England, France, Israel, Brazil, Dubai, Singapore, and Canada. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, and the Fox Talbot Museum in Wiltshire, England. In 2013, Between Earth and Sky, the first monograph of her work, was published by Charta Art Books of Milan. In 2014, Abbeville Press published, Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time, with a third book to follow that same year from Galerie Vevais, La Lange Verte. Moon studied fine art at the University of Wisconsin before moving to England where she experimented with alternative photographic processes and learned to make platinumprints.

Residence: Novato, California
Born: Neenah, Wiscconsin

Selected Exhibitions

2018    Ancient Trees, Ancient Skies, The Citadelle Art Foundation and Museum, Texas
2018    The World to Come, The Harm Museum of Art, Florida
2018    The World to Come, Michigan Museum of Art, Michigan
2018    Between Earth and Sky, PH Neutro Fine Art Fotographia, Sienna, Italy
2018    Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time, The Rain Forest Festival, Malasia
2018    Cosmos, Photo Eye, Gallery, Santa Fe
2018    Infinite Grace, The Waterfall Gallery, New York
2018    Best of “Noir Et Blanc” a Paris, La Galeria Blin Plus Blin, Paris
2017    Arboria, I Monumenti Vegetali Di Beth Moon E Federica Galli, Muse Museo Delle Scienze Di Trento, Italy
2017    Diamond Nights- Thy Kingdom Come, L’Ariete Arte Contemporanea, Bologna, Italy
2017    Summer Selections, Corden Potts, San Francisco
2017    PHOTO ISRAEL, Israel Photography Festival 2017, Midtown, Tel-Aviv, Vision Neil Folberg Gallery, Jerusalem
2016    From Liberty to Freedom, PH Neutro Fotographia, Italy
2016    Wisdom and Nature, The Le Ceil Foudation
2016    Diamond Nights, Verve Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe
2016    Diamond Nights, Corden Potts, San Francisco, CA
2016    Lovely as a Tree, Lousiana Art and Science
2016    Bridging Earth and Sky, The Ceter for Photographic Arts, CA
2015    Beth Moon & Lois Anvidalfare, Zott’s Artspace, Italy
2015    The Savage Garden, Corden Potts, San Francisco, CA
2015    Beth Moon – Ancient Trees, George Town Festival, Malasia
2015    Selected Works, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver
2015    Odin’s Cove, Verve Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe
2014    Diamond Nights, Zott’s Artspace, Singapore
2014    Diamond Nights, PH Neutro Fotographia, Italy
2014    Diamond Nights, Corden Potts, San Francisco, CA
2014    Beth Moon, Between Earth and Sky, L’Ariete Arte Contemporanea, Bologna, Italy
2013    Dall Argento Al Palladio, PH Neutro Fotographia Fine Art, Pietrasanta, Italy
2013    Figures Studied, Verve Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe
2013    Beth Moon, Selected Works, PH Neutro Fotographia, Italy
2013    Nestled in Nature, The Empty Quarter, Dubai
2012    Garden-Trees, Flowers, Landscape, Orticola di Lombardia, Villa Reale, Milano, Italy
2012    Bridging Earth and Sky, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Vermont
2012    Augurs and Soothsayers, Corden Potts, San Francisco, CA
2012    Bridging Earth and Sky, Vision Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel
2012    Odin’s Cove, Corden Potts, San Francisco, CA
2012    Human- Nature, Verve Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe
2011    Beth Moon, Selected Works 1999-2011, PH Neutro, Verona, Italy
2011    Magical Realism, The Houston Center for Photography, Texas
2010    Exposed: Today’s Photography, San Jose Institude of Contemporary Art, California
2010    Beth Moon, Selected Works, Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography, Ohio
2010    Augurs and Soothsavers and Island of Dragon’s Blood, Gallery 291, San Francisco, CA
2009    Beth Moon Platinum Prints, University of San Francisco, CA
2009    Reverie and Phapsody, Verve Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe
2009    Fiori Wave Gallery, Brescia, Italy
2008    The Savage Garden, Gallery 291, San Francisco
2008    Small, Modern Book Gallery, Palo Alto, California
2008    Thy Kingdom Come, Gallery 291, San Fracisco
2007    Best of Arles Foto Folio France, Farmani Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007    Flora and Fauna, Flatfile Gallery, Chicago
2007    Among Trees, Aperture F64, Sa Anselmo, California
2006    Noble Processes in a Digital Age, The John Stevenson Gallery, New York
2006    Portraits of Time, The Bolinas Museum, California
2005    New Photography, SFMOMA Artist Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005    Intimate Floral, Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado
2004    The Earth, Flatfile, Chicago
2004    High and Dry, Cultural Center of Texas
2001    Touch Wood, The Blue Gallery, London, UK
2000    Beth Moon Portfolio, Flatfile, Chicago

Awards

2011  Curators Choice, Canton Lumunaries
2009  World Wide Photography Gala Award
2007  Favorite Portfolio – Les Rencontres d’Arles, France
2004  Golden Light Award – Top Photographer
2004  Special Merit  Award, Northern National

Museum Collections

The Cleveland Museum of Art
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston
The Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego
Louisiana Art & Science Museum
The Fox Talbot Museum, United Kingdom
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bolzano, Italy

Books

La Langue Verte, Galerie Vevais Press, Germany, January 2015
Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time
, Abbeville Press, September 2014
Between Earth and Sky,
 Charta Art Books, September 2013

Press

2015  Plethora Magazine (Copenhagen) cover, article and photos
2015  Malibu Magazine, interview with photos
2015  Radio New Zealand, 20 minute live interview
2015  The Smithsonian, interview with 10 photos
2015  Geo (Germany) article with 6 photos
2015  The Huff Post Arts and Culture, article with 12 photos
2015  Wired Magazine, Diamond Nights, interview with 10 photos
2015  The Independent (UK), article with 6 photos
2015  Berenberg (Germany) article with 6 photos
2015  Focus (Holland) interview with 6 photos
2014  The New York Times International, article with 2 photos
2014  The Wall Street Journal, interview with 3 photos
2014  The San Francisco Chronicle, article with photo
2014  The Chicago Tribune, article with 3 photos
2014  The Guardian (U.K.), article with 9 photos
2014  Wired Magazine, Ancient Trees, interview with 12 photos
2014  Slate Fr.(France) article with 10 photos
2014  The Huffington Post, article with 11 photos
2014  Orion Magazine,(U. S.) Odin’s Cove, cover with article
2014  SCHWARZWEISS (Germany), The Savage Garden,  8 page spread with interview
2014  Semanal (Spain) article with 6 photos
2014  Modern Weekly (China) article with photos
2013  Monthly Photo, (Korea) 8 page spread, 12 photos with interview
2013  Civilization Magazine (China), 10 page spread, 10 photos with interview
2013  Shots, (U. S.) cover with photo
2013  Mangazine (China), 5 photos with article
2012 Black and White Photography (UK), 60 Second Exposure, 4 photos, interview
2012  Bazaar Art (China), 12 page spread, 18 photos with interview
2012  LensWork, (U. S.)  Odin’s Cove, 12 photos with interview
2012  Orion Magazine, (U. S.)  Island of the Dragon’s Blood, article with 5 photos
2011  Rangefinder, (U. S.) The Artistic Vision of Beth Moon, interview, 11 photos
2011  The View Project  (U. S.) book compiled by Joyce Tenneson
2011  Why Photographs Work, (U. S.) edited by George Barr, Rockynook Press
2010  LensWork, (U. S.) Augurs and Soothsayers, interview with 14 photos
2010  Blow (Ireland), Thy Kingdom Come, 4 photos
2010  Rosebud, (U. S.) Portraits of Time, article with 6 photos
2010  Black and White Photography (UK), 3 photos, article
2010  Digitalis Foto (Hungary) cover, article with 8 photos
2009  Paseo Tiempo, (U. S.)  article, interview, 3 images
2009  LensWork, (U. S.) The Savage Garden, cover, 14 photos with interview
2009  Zoom International (Italy), 6 page spread with interview
2009  Fotoritum (Turkey),cover,  12 photos with article
2008  Shots, (U. S.) The Savage Garden, 8 page spread, interview
2008  Black and White (U.S.) September, Spotlight,  8 page spread
2008  Shots, (U. S.)  Issue 101
2008  Camera Arts, cover, (U. S.) Thy Kingdom Come portfolio
2007  LensWork, (U. S.) Portraits of Time portfolio,14 photos with interview
2007  Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain (UK), Article, A Noble Process
2007  Silvershotz (International), Where Art Embraces Photography – 12 page spread
2007  F2 Freelance Photographer (UK)
2007  Professional Photographer, (UK) Getting Along Fine, interview
2006  The New York Sun, (U. S.) Noble Processes in a Digital Age
2005  Art Education (U. S.), Art of the Narrative: Interpreting Visual Stories
2002  Art Week (U. S.), Preview of Evocations

 


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