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26th May-15th July

We are delighted to be hosting fine art photographer Honza Sakař’s first UK exhibition, revealing how the power and allure of wet- collodion photography is still relevant today.

Inventing a new way of working with the 19th century wet-collodion process, Honza Sakař has created an emotionally charged collection of portraits that resonate as artworks. This is Honza’s first UK exhibition and is fittingly held at Dimbola, as there is a creative link to the work of pioneering Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron – a sort of handing over of the baton of wet plate.

Honza prints using a modified inkjet printer using a mixture of pigments he blends himself which once again stain his hands black. This messy alchemy is also reminiscent of Julia’s work as she was often seen in dark clothes stained with chemicals from her photography. Each Silent Portrait is an artefact conveying a visual and emotional narrative, in many ways they can be perceived as letters to Julia – the creator of photography as an art form.

Honza has also produced black and white Isle of Wight landscapes which will be featured in our Charles Hay Cameron gallery.

The preview for this exhibition will be held on Friday 1st June 6-8pm. All are welcome and entry is free.