Black and White photographer to be featured in Graeagle

Black and White photographer Mark Stevenson will be featured at the Red House Art Gallery for the month. On Saturday, August 10, the gallery will hold a reception for Stevenson’s art from 12-3 p.m.
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   A reception for Mark Stevenson’s photos will be held on Saturday, August 10 from 12-3 p.m. as a part of Red House Art Gallery’s Second Saturday weekends. Stevenson will be present to discuss a large collection of his stunning black and white photos. 

   Black and White Photographer Mark Stevenson from Downieville, has been making award-winning large format photographs for over twenty years. The pictures, which are in the tradition of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, feature scenic views of Sierras.

   Stevenson typically shoots 20x24 inch negatives with an enormous camera he built out of ¼ plywood. His camera cost about $35 to make and uses an ancient 30 inch Goerz Artar lens. Stevenson tells us that Ebony Camera currently sells a 20x24 inch camera for $24,000 and Polaroid built a number of these in the 1970’s which are still in use today.

  Stevenson’s photos are all original and he processes the large negatives in a traditional darkroom.

  “The huge negatives give better clarity and richer tonal values because there is no dilution from enlarging a small negative. I still know photographers who will grab a large format film camera if they want the best from a particular shot even though they might have $10,000 worth of other camera gear in the trunk,” Stevenson said.

  Stevenson has spent six years in the U.S. Navy. He was a former rural health clinic Chief Financial Officer and is currently a bank auditor.

  For more information call the Red House Art Gallery in Graeagle at (530) 836-0104.

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