The Center for Alternative Photography focuses on the preservation of emulsion-based photography through the education and promotion of alternative photographic processes. Marcia Lippman is a master of the form. She has been shooting invisible light for 35 years.
She uses her camera to locate herself in faraway places, often quite off the map, shooting mostly the beauty she has been drawn to through the romance of history or literature, mythology or religion. Through this construct she lyrically and timelessly explores the world of the sacred, the missing mother, the inner child, longing, loss, and fragmentation. Her images are dark and evocative, captured mostly in the shadowy, uncertain light of dusk. The work is about the journey rather than the destination, as she allows herself to be silently drawn by the stronger pull of obsessions, ideas and places which she loves or is deeply curious about. Marcia hand prints her own black and white images, which may be toned or painted, or even gilded, making each one essentially unique. ‘Round and round in circles we go, but the secret sits in the Middle, and knows.’
She will be speaking about her stunningly mysterious images at “The Secret Sits in the Middle – Marcia Lippman,” a lecture – FREE and open to the public on October 18. 36 East 30th Street, New York.
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