David Chow - Fine Art Photographer and Print Artist

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About this event

Guildhall Studio has been founded by Suffolk based photographer John Marty as a place to exhibit his photographs and work by other artists. Many of John’s photographs reflect the landscapes of the towns, villages and coastal areas of East Anglia. He is also keen to bring together the work of local artists and photographers and to build links in the local communities of Bury St Edmunds and East Anglia.

The current exhibition at the gallery is showing some of the last pieces of work completed by David Chow before his untimely death in 2014. You will find a collection of David’s beautiful black and white prints together with a small number of the last framed cyanotypes which he produced. These were first released in 2007 in the edition “Cyan”, limited to 18 copies, showing hand printed Cyanotypes of flowers from Volumes 1 to 3 of his Expressive Flower Series.

David Chow was a fine art photographer based in Cambridge. He studied photography at degree level with printmaking at master’s level, at the Cambridge School of Art. David started his career by producing striking black and white images of flowers, before turning his eye to original photographic printing techniques. David became well known as an exquisite Cyanotype and Platinum Palladium print artist. He was passionate about using these techniques, as they had an ability to capture an expansive tonal range and a unique luminescence.

The power of David’s photography lies in its simplicity and he was able to capture beauty in both living and dying flowers. Provided with a constant array of flowers by his mother Joy, a floral designer, his work explored the beauty of the flowers and the interplay of light and composition. Using large and medium format cameras, and using only natural daylight, his photographs captured the most intimate and subtle details of each flower.

David published three limited edition hand-made books and portfolios that form part of the’ Expressive Flower Series’. Beautifully hand bound, these books merged David’s love of poetry, flowers and photography all into one art form. David was represented by a number of galleries in the UK, US and Europe and his work is now held in numerous private and corporate collections.

As well as printing his own work, David was a highly respected printer of other people’s work and his skills were much sought after. He completed several commissions for The National Portrait Gallery and the estates of Norman Parkinson and Sally Mann but to name a few.

Opening Times
Wednesday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm

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