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Ian Ruhter Creates 'Perfect Imperfections' Using Vintage Photography Techniques

Ian Ruhter / Courtesy

Ian Ruhter / Courtesy

After spending the majority of his time behind a computer screen, editing code, Ian Ruhter had enough. He wanted to make photographs, but in a very old-fashioned way. Using 19th century literature as a guide, Ruhter began making his own film with USP collodion, silver nitrates, iodides and bromides. This special film — and the special camera needed to shoot it — led Ruhter to create one-of-a-kind photographic prints called ambrotypes and tintypes.

Ruhter is exhibiting his work in a show called "Perfect Imperfections" in Menlo Park, with an artist reception on Feb. 1.

SILVER & LIGHT from Ian Ruhter : Alchemist on Vimeo.

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