Richard Nicholson brings the age of Analog back through darkroom departure at Riflemaker

By Ben Miller | 07 January 2011
A photo of an analog machine
© Richard Nicholson
Exhibition: Analog, Riflemaker, London, January 11 – March 5 2011

If you want a statistic which defines the demise of photo printing, Richard Nicholson might have found it. In the three years the photographer spent creating this show, the number of professional darkrooms he had to choose from in London went from 204 to six, making his attempts to capture the fading art of analogous production all the more urgent.

Darkroom images from these old-school studios cover the groundfloor of Riflemaker, contextualised by Claire Mitten’s “re-analogued” sculptures upstairs, which convert virtual gadgets back to the humble material world.

The lower floor gets the UK debut of Zigelbaum + Coelho’s latest light installation, an interactive set of lights responding to the heat of the human body to provide interior lighting.

A recording studio assembled by Lewis Durham, of the band Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, will also be installed in the upper lounge of the gallery on February 4, allowing punters to record their own song in a 30-minute mono session which will be cut direct to disc for each singer to take away.

Riflemaker, Beak Street, London. Open 10am-6pm Monday-Friday (11am-5pm Saturday).
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