Emma Powell

Emma Powell is a photographer that uses alternative processes including lithography and cyanotypes. She uses these processes because she’s concerned with showing the important role the past plays in the present. She looks to nineteenth-century portraits for her inspiration and did an entire series on George Eastman using old Kodak cameras (he invented roll film). Her series Offerings reflects nineteenth century documentation. Her choice in objects (girls clothes, snakes, birds) resembles Adam Fuss, who also uses a nineteenth century approach in his photograms.

Another interesting series of hers, Impermanence, deals with the belief in spirits. Spirit photography also came about during the nineteenth century. Photography was used scientifically to try and document “spirits.” She considers herself a nineteenth century photographer in the twenty-first century. She mixes different processes to “bridge the technological divide” between analog and digital.

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