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Opening Reception – Modern Antiquity
August 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Meet photographer David Girson, who purchased a cache of turn-of-the-19th-century glass plate negatives at an estate sale in 1998. Decades of research revealed an unexpected and intriguing artist – another amateur photographer, Charles Spaak, an 1885 Swedish immigrant, draughtsman and engineer in Chicago. Spaak’s random assortment of photographs, while taken nearly 130 years ago, capture the gamut of all of our experiences – work, nature, friends, family – featured in candid and jokingly serious tableaus and portraits easily recognizable in the selfie and Instagram culture of today. David has spent the last two decades researching Spaak’s photography and perfecting the antiquated process of developing glass plate negatives.