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Early German albumen silver prints featured in Scottish exhibition

The Common Guild in Glasgow is showcasing a selection of works by Tuner Prize nominated English visual artist, Tacita Dean. Living in Berlin, Dean's work is a blend of German and British cultures. This exhibition presents a selection of recent works that can be seen as still lives, by using imagery of various natural forms, including trees and neolithic stones or ‘dolmens’, and by focussing on the gradual processes of growth, transformation and demise.

Of interest to BPH members, is a series of fragile works take as their ‘found’ canvas six 19th century damaged albumen silver prints of bare trees taken by the pioneering German photographer, August Kotzsch (1836-1910).

Dean has laboriously filled the backgrounds of these photographs with white gouache, incarcerating the deciduous branches forever leafless, highlighting its barren, fruitless beauty.


Details of the exhibition can be found here.


Photos: Damaged August Kotzsch albumen prints c1875. Courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London.

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