Pictures were not always “made” instantly by clicking the shutter button and uploading them to computers or mobile devices. Taking the picture was only the first step in the picture-making process. A photographer’s life consisted of hours, days, weeks, months spent in a very dark room filled with chemicals that expose and fix their images to paper. An essential tool in that process is the developer tray – the vehicle that holds the various liquids that develop, stop, and fix your exposed image and create a print. It has been a very private place for the image-maker, which is why master photography printer John Cyr‘s new book, Developer Trays, is such a treat. Beautifully documented trays from many noted photographers are included in the 144-page, hardcover book available now through powerHouse books.
I can smell the scent of fixer when I look at these images.