“Exposed” Artist Profile: Nathaniel Gibbons

Nathaniel Gibbons, Bridgeport Brass Panorama, 2009, Tintype, Courtesy of the Artist and William L. Schaeffer Gallery, Connecticut

Nathaniel Gibbon’s work is on view at the ICA in the exhibition Exposed: Today’s Photography/Yesterday’s Technology thru Sept 19, 2010.

In Bridgeport Brass Panorama, Nathaniel Gibbons documents the details of urban decay. Just as the early photographers traveled with their darkroom and cumbersome equipment when shooting photographs outdoors, Gibbons has outfitted the back of his Chevy as a portable darkroom to prepare and develop his one-of-a-kind images. For tintypes, his work is considered large in scale since the image is the same size as the view camera’s lens. Bridgeport Brass Panorama is a triptych, with three unique images taken all on the same day and time. A master at his craft, Gibbons’ process is slow and methodical while also open to the chance and serendipity of the process.

Gibbons is based in Connecticut and has been making tintypes for more than thirty years. His work is held in the public collections of Yale Art Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Library of Congress and the Museum of Modern Art.