REDISCOVERED RETURNS…New Prints from Old Negatives -- UPCOMING Exhibitions

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fri 12:00 AM-Wed 12:00 AM

Cost: Free

Fri, 2011-10-21 (All day) - Wed, 2011-11-30 (All day)

New Glass Negative Project Exhibitions Scheduled

October 2011 (Opens October 21)
Sandywoods Artist Co-op
63 Muse Way, Tiverton
One Year Anniversary Exhibition!

Glass Negatives from Providence Public Library’s Special Collections printed at the Paul Krot Community Darkroom at AS220.

To view prints:

To learn more about the project:  Rediscovered…The Glass Negative Project

Upcoming Exhibitions…
AS220's public access photography program will once again present the fruits of its collaboration with the Providence Public Library’s Special Collections department with a series of gallery exhibitions scheduled for summer 2011.

“Rediscovered: Glass Negatives from the Providence Public Library’s (PPL) Special Collections Printed at AS220's Paul Krot Community Darkroom” gained widespread attention during its first public exhibition at Providence’s City Hall last October. Volunteer members of AS220 Photo printed over 50 archival black and white silver gelatin prints for the exhibit, raising public awareness of the 1,200 glass photographic negatives stored in the PPL Special Collections.

The three exhibitions scheduled for the upcoming summer and fall will bring this historic collection to a wider audience. The photographs from the glass negative collection will be on display during May and June at The CitySide Gallery at ReMax Cityside, 300 South Main St., at the Aviary Gallery in Jamaica Plain, MA from July through August and at the Sandywoods Artist Co-Op Gallery in Tiverton, RI from October 21 until November 20.

About the Glass Negatives & Prints
The prints depict scenes of average and extraordinary lives in New England during the late 1800's and early 1900's, the height of wet-plate collodion photography. Many of the negatives in this collection have never been printed before, and have been meticulously printed and archived by volunteer members of the photography program at AS220 in an effort to preserve the original integrity of the source materials.

The images on display for the exhibitions are available for purchase; sales directly benefit the public-access photo program at AS220 and the Special Collections department of the Providence Public LIbrary.

While only a small fraction of the collection will be on display, those interested in viewing or purchasing any of the 1200 images in the collection can do so through the online glass negative gallery and database, created and compiled by AS2220 Photo with support from a Rhode Island Council for the Humanities mini grant.

To browse images in the online glass negative gallery visit:

For more information on the glass negative project or AS220 Photo, contact:
Krystal Grow
AS220 Photo Manager & Glass Negative Project Manager
401-831-9327 x203;
AS220 Photo At the Mercantile, 131 Washington St., Providence RI
Paul Krot Community Darkroom, 115 Empire St, Providence RI

For more information on the PPL Special Collections, contact:
Jordan Goffin
PPL Special Collections Librarian
150 Empire St., Providence, RI

The “Glass Negative Project” is a collaboration between the Special Collections Department of the Providence Public Library and the Paul S. Krot Community Darkroom at AS220, funded in part by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. The project includes the creation of an online database of the 1,200 images in PPL's antique Glass Negative Collection.

Prints are available for order from the Paul Krot Community Darkroom at AS220. All funds generated from the sale of these prints directly supports the Special Collections at the Providence Public Library and the public access program in the Paul Krot Community Darkroom at AS220.

The Partners
AS220’s Paul Krot Community Darkrooms are the only black and white photography facilities in Rhode Island that provide affordable public access to photographers at every level. Since its creation in 1994, artists, young people, and professionals from all across the state have accessed this valuable resource. While photography becomes increasingly digital, the darkroom proudly offers training and access to traditional black and white techniques to help preserve the fine art of the darkroom and expand individual's ideas, skills and creative instincts in a supportive and constantly evolving community.

The Special Collections Department at Providence Public Library is a repository of rare and beautiful artifacts, from books to broadsides to this collection of glass negatives now being made available to the public for the first time. The Library's Special Collections hold more than 40,000 books, manuscripts, pamphlets, ephemera, newspapers, maps, art and artifacts, spanning four thousand years of human history. The Library is dedicated to ensuring the continued rebirth, rediscovery and reinterpretation of these treasures by making them available to artists, students, scholars and all lifelong learners through collaborations like the Glass Negative Project.

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