Alchemy | Silver and Cyan | New Works by Adam Finkelston and Steve Wilson

Date(s) - Jun 4 - Jun 30
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Kansas City Society for Contemporary Photography


Cyanotype – Adam Finkelston | Wet Plate – Steve Wilson


Opening reception:  June 4th, 2021, 6-8 PM

Virtual and in person

Zoom Link Time: Jun 4, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Direct Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 860 0040 4250
Passcode: 686504

Exhibition runs:  June 4 – 30, 2021

2360 Independence Ave., Kansas City, MO 64124 | Pendleton Arts Block

Saturdays – 11 – 4 or call for an appointment – 816-807-4793

Al·che·my /ˈalkəmē/


  • the medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter. It was concerned particularly with attempts to convert base metals into gold or to find a universal elixir.

Through the alchemy of photography found in processes from the 1800s with John Frederick William Herschel, who discovered and experimented with the cyanotype process in the 1840s and Frederick Scott Archer and Gustave Le Gray, who brought us the wet plate, collodion process 1851, Adam Finkelston and Steve Wilson continue their relative explorations of these historic photographic processes.

Cyanotype is the process of using certain chemicals to coat almost any surface along with a negative image then exposing to the sun to create a bluish – green tinted image. This creates an otherworldly look to images. 

Wet Plate Collodion is a process where an emulsion is poured onto a glass or metal plate and made light sensitive in a bath of silver nitrate. The plate is exposed in camera while still wet. Once exposed it is developed and placed in a fixative that will prevent it from fading and is viewable in light. The result is an ethereal reverse positive image that has a lifespan of hundreds of years. 


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