After Francis Frith 2

PhotographerBill Armstrong
Prize2nd Place in Fine Art / Landscape
Entry Description

After: Dreaming in Color After: Dreaming in Color, imagines the history of photography as if in a dream, making color interventions into iconic 19th century photographs, either digitally or by using color filters and a light table. After: Dreaming in Color continues the arc of my investigation into layering appropriated images that I have been pursuing since the late 1970’s, first with collages made from advertising posters and then with the blurred images of the Infinity series that I am known for. The standard histories of photography often pass over the fact that color has been around since the beginning: in Anna Atkins’ cyanotypes; in opalescent daguerreotypes; in hand–colored and sepia toned photographs. In response to this oversight, I have created my own dreamlike history of color photography with an eye toward wit, humor and visual puns—and, as always, an eye for the contrast and harmony of color.

About Photographer

Bill Armstrong is a New York based fine art photographer who has been shooting in color for over 30 years. Mr. Armstrong is represented by ClampArt in New York, Hackelbury in London and numerous galleries across the country and in Europe. His Mandala series was featured in a two-person exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2008, and he had a mid-career retrospective at the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach in 2010. Mr. Armstrong’s work is in many museum collections including the Vaticon Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Bibliotheque National de France. He has presented work in numerous museum exhibitions including: the Smithsonian Institute; Hayward Gallery, London; Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne; Centro Internazionale di Fotografia, Milan; and FOAM, Amsterdam. One of Mr. Armstrong’s images was chosen for the cover of Lyle Rexer’s Aperture book, The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography. His work appears in Face: The New Photographic Portrait by William Ewing and Exploring Color Photography, by Robert Hirsch, among other books. He has also been published in numerous periodicals including The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper’s, House and Garden and Eyemazing. He is on the faculty at the International Center of Photography and the School of Visual Arts. His web site is: www.billarmstrongphotography.com