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Cyanotypes of Major and Minor Hellenic Archaeological Sites

Cyanotypes of Major and Minor Hellenic Archaeological Sites

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The Hellenic Centre

16-18 Paddington Street

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W1U 5AS

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An exhibition of cyanotypes of major and minor Hellenic archaeological sites by Benedict Luxmoore.

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Meet the Artist - Thursday 26 May, 6.30-8.30pm

The photographs I am presenting at the Centre are major and minor Hellenic archaeological sites, and the project is ongoing. The photographic method is the cyanotype, and the framed photographs are up to 100cm in size. Most were produced during the 2020 lockdown in my garden in London.
Cyanotype is a very early method of producing photographic images on to paper, and historically had two uses; botanists were able to record their finds photographically, in the field and without the use of a camera. Secondly, it was a means to reproduce architectural drawings on location at the construction site without a mechanical or darkroom print process. Reversed in negative with white lines on a blue background, it became the architectural blueprint, and an essential vehicle in designing the built environment.
Simple and strong images work well, such as the remaining pillars of the Olympia, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounio or stone steps at Agia Triada in Crete. Imperfections are part of the process, as are the brushstrokes and the tape marks from attaching negative to paper. They are a reminder that photographic image-making remains a physical process now, and when architectural technicians first worked on site, laboriously to produce the plans by which great buildings could be designed and built.
– Benedict Luxmoore

Benedict Luxmoore is an architectural photographer from London with over thirty years of experience photographing the built environment for architectural practices, engineers and construction companies. He went to the Slade School of Fine Art in London between 1981 and 1985 and spent a number of years afterwards creating exhibitions and installations combined lighting and photography. He moved away from an art practice to commercial photography around 1993, and this is his first return to exhibiting after thirty years.

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Exhibition on the walls: Monday 25 May - Thursday 30 June

For opening hours please call 020 7487 5060.

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