Joy Kardish

Hearth [2/10], Photograph on Washi Paper, 24" x 36"

Artist Joy Kardish explores the essence of stillness –the purest and most irreducible quality of the photo-image.  Inspired by the enduring prints of early masters like Alfred Stieglitz, Kardish blends painstaking historic photography techniques such as cyanotype, with contemporary media to create works that seem to transcend the flow of time and cut through its ephemeral distractions.

Kardish’s deeply poetic and personal images seem “always to have been” masking the passionate engagement with photographic craft required for their realization.  Each work is the product of many hours in the darkroom, teasing out a richness of tone and quality of light that’s only possible with classic photo techniques.  Kardish works exclusively with chemistry-based cameras and film.  Final images are reproduced on materials selected for character and endurance.