Ken Rosenthal has an MFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work is in many public collections including the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the National Portrait Gallery, London, England, and many more.
Seen and Not Seen
Recently, while paging through albums of family photographs, I was struck by the realization that many of the pictures that were bringing back strong memories occurred before I was born, or at times and or places I was not present. These memories were so vivid, yet were indeed false memories. Fascinated with how many of our recollections can be attributed to a photograph, dream or story as opposed to an actual experience, I began to cull imagery from archives of family photographs and personal work.
Seen and Not Seen is a merging of the autobiographical and the universal. Most of the photographs in this series are intensely personal, yet many speak to a a common experience. Interestingly, as this body of work has evolved some images have become so resonant that the lines between experience and invention have blurred even more.
Like life itself, this series is at once true and fictitious, remembered and reconstructed, seen and not seen.
Process - All of my prints are split-toned silver-gelatin prints. The images are manipulated in the darkroom, and are made from a negative shot in a traditional film-based camera. No images have been digitally produced or altered. Each photograph is individually printed on fiber-based paper and is processed to archival standards. Although printed in an edition (25 + 3 A.P.), each print is unique: all photographs are individually toned using multiple toners, and toners and other chemicals are often selectively applied with a brush. Exhibition prints are printed on 16" x 20" paper (15" x 15" image size).