“Exposed” Artist Profile: Kerik Kouklis

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

For the last few years, Kerik Kouklis has made tintypes of his daughter and her friends when they visit from college. Kouklis revels in the slowed-down pace of making tintypes in his studio. Unlike shooting with a digital camera, exposure time ranges from five seconds to thirty seconds, which dramatically heightens the relationship between the camera, the portrait sitter and the photographer. Also, like a Polaroid, the tintype is a one-of-a-kind photo, and the image is developed immediately after being taken. In this series, Kouklis asked each person to choose how they wanted to be photographed. After a day of shooting and developing the portraits together, they decided their images resembled a group of misfit superheroes and declared the series the Santa Cruz Saints.

A California-native, Kouklis has been teaching workshops in 19th-century processes for over ten years. His work has been exhibited in galleries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Gualala and Yosemite and is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, and the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, Newcastle, PA.