Artist based in Toronto, Canada
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untitled/unportraits, 2013 - 2015

untitled/unportraits is a body of images that mines a collection of found 19th century daguerreotype portraits to explore the dual nature of the photo as immutable and impermanent. These portraits have transformed into abstracted, shapeless forms through the process of degradation—the work of colonies of microbes feeding on the silver and extruding the metals, creating a haze of disfiguring blooms and pockmarks.

Images courtesy of Marion S. Carson daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress)

http://www.alltheyearround.ca/files/gimgs/th-5_Unidentified-person-seated2.jpg
Unidentified person seated
http://www.alltheyearround.ca/files/gimgs/th-5_Unidentified-woman.jpg
Unidentified woman
http://www.alltheyearround.ca/files/gimgs/th-5_Unidentified-man-head-and-shoulders.jpg
Unidentified man head and shoulders
http://www.alltheyearround.ca/files/gimgs/th-5_Andrew-Jackson-Downing2.jpg
Andrew Jackson Downing
http://www.alltheyearround.ca/files/gimgs/th-5_Unidentified-man2.jpg
Unknown man
http://www.alltheyearround.ca/files/gimgs/th-5_Dolley-Madison.jpg
Dolley Madison, three-quarter length portrait of a woman, facing front, seated