PRC Nights Online: Cameraless Photography

January 21, 2021, 6-8pm

Featuring Amy Giese with Daniel Ranalli and Rosalie Rosenthal

Amy Giese, 03242511.s205.06106, 2011, Unique silver gelatin skiagram, 79.5” high by 255” long [six panels]

Cameraless photography is all about light; an energy that can make something tangible, physical and transform an inanimate object in a way that is unique to photographic imaging. For Amy Giese the process of cameraless photography, whether it is chemical or digital, is inserted between her experience of a moment and what is formed and made fixed through the process of photography. Join Amy Giese with Daniel Ranalli and Rosalie Rosenthal as they share their work within this genre.

Amy Giese, 2019, Unique silver gelatin skiagram, 52.75” x 42.5″

Amy Theiss Giese is a Boston based artist. She received her BA in Fine Arts from Amherst College (Amherst, MA) and an MFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design (New York, NY). Giese’s practice is grounded in photography but often is out at the edges of the medium, critiquing the materials of production and consumption, as well as searching for points of intersection with other mediums. Her work has been exhibited in the US, China, New Zealand, Czechia, and Scotland. Recent and upcoming solo shows include: The McDonough Museum of Art (2021 Youngstown, OH), Granary Art Center (2018 Ephraim, UT), Flanagan Campus Art Gallery (2016 Lincoln, RI). Selected group shows include: Call and Response at Newport Art Museum, Image for Concept at the Hand Art Center and Southeast Museum of Photography, Sound Thought Festival in Glasgow, and Endless Days at the Pingyao Photo Festival, Pingyao CH. Giese has recently been featured in publications including PreCog Magazine and Art New England. She also recently completed residencies at Mass MoCA and at Signal Culture.

Daniel Ranalli, Photogram #19, 1979/2017,
Enlarged Photogram, archival pigment print.

Daniel Ranalli has been working as a visual artist for more than 45 years with his first photograms made in 1974. Ranalli was drawn to the enormous potential for abstraction in photograms, as well as the rich tonal scale he could achieve. He wanted to make photographs that were mysterious and also looked like they were fabricated with light – which is the very genesis of the word photography – photo meaning light and graphy meaning writing. Ranalli’s work is in the permanent collections of thirty-plus museums in the US and abroad including the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Harvard Art Museum, the George Eastman House, and the National Gallery of American Art. Daniel’s work has been included in more than 150 solo and group shows including at the ICA Boston, MFA Boston, List Gallery at MIT, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Rose Art Museum, the Davis Art Museum, DeCordova Museum and Harvard Art Museum. Daniel has also been the recipient of two artist fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and multiple artist fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Rosalie Rosenthal, Untitled cyanotype

With her multi-media artwork Rosalie Rosenthal strives for an experience of discovery, one where the practice of looking beyond patent functionality cultivates a vision with nuance and possibility. Her projects develop from the process of seeing objects as they are and imagining them as something else; they feel alive in the act of creating—drawing potential from material and metaphor from context.

Rosalie Rosenthal (b. St. Louis, MO) is an artist living in Louisville, Kentucky working in digital and camera-less photography. She earned a BFA from the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute and her BA in History from Smith College. Her work has been exhibited at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and Spalding University and is in the collection of 21c Museum Hotels and individual collectors.