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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: http://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

Solo Exhibitions

2016  The Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel, CA
2015  Corden Potts, San Francisco, CA
2015  George Town Art Festival, Penang, Malaysia – Beth Moon, Ancient Trees
2014  Zott’s Artspace, Singapore
2014  PH Neutro Fotographia Fine Art, Pietrasanta, Italy – Diamond Nights
2014  Corden Potts, San Francisco, CA – Diamond Nights
2013  PH Neutro Fotographia Fine Art, Pietrasanta, Italy – Selected Works
2013  The Empty Quarter, Dubai, UAE – Nestled in Nature
2013  L’ARIETE Arte Contemporanea, Bologne, Italy
2012  Vision Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel – Bridging Earth and Sky
2012  Cordon Potts, San Francisco, CA – Odin’s Cove
2012  Verve Gallery of Photography, (2 person show) Santa Fe, NM –Human-Nature
2011  PH Neutro Fotographia Fine Art, Verona, Italy – Beth Moon, Selected Works 1999-2011
2010  Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography, Canton, Ohio
2010  Gallery 291, San Francisco, CA – Augurs and Soothsayers and Island of Dragon’s Blood
2009  University of San Francisco, CA – Beth Moon Platinum Prints
2009  Fiori Wave Gallery, Brescia, Italy
2009  Verve Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, New Mexico – Reverie and Rhapsody
2008  Gallery 291, San Francisco, CA – Savage Garden
2008  Gallery 291, San Francisco, CA – Thy Kingdom Come
2006  The Bolinas Museum, California – Portraits of Time
2001  The Blue Gallery, London, England – Touch Wood
2000  Flatfile, Chicago, Illinois – Beth Moon Portfolio
2000  Fussleman Hall Art Gallery, Kentfield, CA – Trees of Life

Selected group Exhibitions

2015  Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2014  Galerie Vevais WERKDRUCK, Fotofever Paris
2014  Verve Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Odin’s Cove
2013  Galerie Vevais WERKDRUCK, Taiwan Photo
2013  Corden Potts, San Francisco, CA
2013  PH Neutro Fotographia, dall’ Argento al Palladio, Verona, Italy
2013  Verve Gallery of Photography, Figures Studied, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2012  Orticola di Lombardia, Garden-Trees, Flowers, Landscape,Villa Reale, Milano, Italy
2012  Brattleboro Museum, Bridging Earth and Sky, Brattleboro,Vermont
2011  The Houston Center for Photography, Magical Realism, Houston, Texas
2011  The View Project -Traveling Exhibition
2010  San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA – Exposed: Today’s Photography
2010  Skotia Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2010  Texas Woman’s University – Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition
2008  Modern Book Gallery – Palo Alto, CA – Small
2007  Farmani Gallery, Los Angeles, CA – Best of Arles Foto Folio
2007  Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie – France
2007  Flatfile Gallery, Chicago, IL – Flora Fauna
2007  Aperture F64, San Anselmo, CA – Among Trees
2006  The John Stevenson Gallery, New York, NY– Noble Processes in a Digital Age
2005  SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco,  CA  – New Photography
2005  Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO – Intimate Floral
2005  Witte Museum San Antonio, TX – Witte Water Works
2004  FlatFile, Chicago, IL – The Earth
2004  Cultural Center of Texas University, Juried Exhibition – 
High and Dry

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

Collections

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston
The Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego
The Fox Talbot Museum, United Kingdom
The Museum of Fine Arts Cleveland

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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