New Glass Negative Project Exhibitions Scheduled

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 it's 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 Street, at the Aviary Gallery in Jamaica Plain, Mass., from July through August and at the Sandywoods Artist Co-Op Gallery in Tiverton, R.I., from October 21 until November 20.

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, Special Collections Librarian
Providence Public Library, 150 Empire St., Providence, RI