Artist’s Project: Chuck Kelton

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Views, Not From a Window features stunning photogram “landscapes” created in the darkroom solely through the manipulation of light, chemistry, and paper by a master black-and-white printer. (Project includes a removable 10" x 13" print suitable for framing.)

In his 35-year career, Chuck Kelton has printed thousands of black-and-white photographs for legendary figures such as Mary Ellen Mark, Danny Lyon, and Larry Clark. A graduate of Kansas City Art Institute and the recipient of an M.F.A. from Ohio University, he founded Kelton Labs in New York in 1986. At the height of its operations in the predigital age, the lab employed 25 people and operated seven days a week. Although he is well known in the photography world as a master printer, Kelton has also created his own photograms crafted in the darkroom solely through a manipulation of light, chemistry, and paper. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications and is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; International Center of Photography, New York; and the New York Public Library. Kelton is represented by the Von Lintel Gallery in Los Angeles.