Book Release -Thaddeus Holownia, “Headlighting: 1974–1978″@CORKIN GALLERY
The images in this new, limited-edition publication comprise photographer Thaddeus Holownia’s large-format portrait series, Headlighting: 1974–1978. Over the course of three years, Holownia travelled across North America documenting the proliferation of car culture. He produced more than fifty images of drivers and their automobiles, each with the same long exposure, shallow depth of field, and distinct tonal range. Holownia presents his found subjects presumably ‘as is,’ solidifying his place as an observer of the anecdotal. By carefully combining tools, subjects, and locations, these photographs articulate a compelling visual essay on the relics of industrial mass production and their users.
Headlighting: 1974–1978 is published by The Anchorage Press, a laboratory and imprint led by Holownia that publishes folios and offset book editions using mid-century typecasters and presses. To purchase a copy or to inquire about a photograph included in the publication, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To take the portraits, he used a large-format 8-inch by 20-inch Gundlach Banquet camera — with a creative twist. “It’s an accordion box with a lens on one side and film on the other side,” he said. “I was pretty broke, so I started using photographic paper (instead of film), and the sensitivity of paper is much less sensitive to light so the exposures were done with a lens cap rather than a shutter.”
That meant he could only take four photographs at a time and then he’d have to find a dark room (often a motel bathroom) to reload. “I had to be very careful in what I chose to photograph — it’s a different kind of a process than what people are used to today.”
— Vawn Himmelsbach