Recycling Historic Plates


A collection of historical glass plates from anonymous authors, rejected by their original creators or owners because of their state of degradation is recycled by printing the plates on a high quality paper by the platinum-palladium process.
The aim of the artistic concept is to divert the objects in question from their original sense and, combined with a sophisticated representation, to give these a new existence as an art object.
The glass plates with different dimensions, sometimes cracked or broken, are severely damaged by deterioration phenomena as excessive humidity and heat or various mechanical or chemical deteriorations of unknown nature. In spite of their state which excludes a real restoration intervention the plates remain nevertheless important photographic conservation-restoration study objects.
The recorded images are principally anonymous persons or groups of anonymous persons and hereby permit to dissociate the depicted subjects and their representation in the final print.
The chosen printing medium, the platinum-palladium process being known as one of the most prestigious processes in the history of photography, thanks to its tonal richness and exemplary stability, is diametrically opposed to the advanced state of destruction of the plates which, in turn, permits to obtain a relation which differs completely with the original context of the elements in question and deriving all its sense in the new context.
In fact one could affirm that in its artistic concept, the detournement which we perform is, in final analysis, not far removed from a sublimated restoration of the imagery of the rejected plates.