I made these images in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn from 1981-1992. I wasn't consciously trying to make a statement about this dilapidated area, I just photographed what unfolded before me as I walked the neighborhood with my dog, Willie. Having grown up on Puget Sound, I loved the waterfront: the open spaces, vacant lots, wild dogs, rundown buildings, and the strong beautiful light. All of these became important elements in my work. I photographed almost every day, exploring the area with my neighbor and friend, Maureen McNeil. Over time, I began to collect portraits of the people who lived and worked there, architectural details, and landscapes of the waterfront and the streets. Now, 20-plus years later, these images have become an historical record of an area that has changed dramatically. In 2005, the writer Maureen McNeil and I published a book of her short stories about the neighborhood illustrated with my photographs. The book is titled Red Hook Stories and is available on Amazon.
All images in this portfolio are scanned 35mm black and white negatives printed on Cranes Portfolio Rag paper with archival inkjet inks. Prints are 13.75 x 9.25 inches on 17 x 22 inch paper in an edition of 25. All images are available for purchase from Kentler Gallery. Please inquire about editions and pricing. Vintage silver gelatin prints of certain images are available upon request.
This portfolio is made in a 4x5 inch pinhole camera on color negative film. The film is developed then scanned and printed digitally with archival inks on Canson Photographic 310. The image size is approximately 20" (on the long side) by 16". This portfolio comes out of work from the last five years. I had long wanted to photograph the landscape but not in the same way as the traditional (mostly male) landscape photographers. Since I had been using the pinhole camera in a number of ways over the years, it seemed like a good solution. The exposures are at least 30 minutes and I stand and watch and wait for the moment in which I close the shutter. I am calling this portfolio, tentatively, Innards. Innards are the guts of the body, the nasty parts that we don't talk about in polite company. These photographs reflect my Innards: they are images that are not always beautiful and rely instead on the happy accident, double exposures, the presence but not the actuality of people. People's presence is recoreded in the environment: footsteps on the sand, shadows backed by the sunset, a road stretching to nowhere, the lights of a car like a alien landing. Trails of the sun, trees swaying during the exposures, clouds blurred and water smoothed out. These are all things I cannot control.
Janet Neuhauser first studied photography at the Factory of Visual Arts in Seattle. She was hooked, mixing chemicals in the darkroom, printing while the snow fell on the Good Shepherd Center gardens. Thirty years later, she is still hooked. In 1980, she moved to New York City to study photography for one year, and stayed eleven, renovating a house in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn and supporting herself as an editorial photographer while working on a MFA in photography at Pratt Institute. In 1986, she began teaching at International Center of Photography and taught there until she moved from New York in 1991 back to the Pacific Northwest. At ICP, Janet discovered that teaching both inspired her and helped her better understand the mysteries of photography. And with teaching, she no longer had to take photographs for anyone else! Since, she has concentrated on two things: making photographs and teaching photography as a means of support. She has taught in a wide variety of institutions public and private and just retired this past year from Bainbridge High School. She still teaches at the Photographic Center NW, in Seattle where she lives and works in her studio. Janet has finished a portfolio of night photographs primarily made in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. The urban night landscape is the subject of a class she teaches at PCNW. She is compiling an archive of long exposure (two weeks or more) pinhole images made by people young and old across the country. The Pinhole Project Has its own website: thepinholeproject.org. She started the Pinhole Project as a way for digital photographers to experience pinhole photography with homemade cameras without a darkroom. She has been working, for the last five years on a portfolio of pinhole landscapes shot on 4 x 5 inch color negative film. To view these landscapes please visit Janet's website (janetneuhauser.com) or view them on this website.
Janet has exhibited nationally and is in many collections. For more information please email Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org
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