Wednesday 8 April 2015

Ed Thompson 'Unseen' infrared photos in London

Documentary photographer and lecturer Ed Thompson has started an exhibition of colour infrared photographs at Four Corners Gallery in east London. It's called The Unseen and is a compendium of medium format Aerochrome shots taken for several earlier projects.

The photographs cover landscapes, medical imagery and aerial photography, in some cases echoing the original intended usage for the film, which was better known in its Infrared Ektachrome incarnation.

The exhibition runs until April 18th.

Like Richard Mosse, Ed Thompson's use of medium format Aerochrome film is a dying gasp for the medium. I doubt if there's much stock left now, and although it is possible to mimic the film's effect with a digital camera, the results (at least by me) are nowhere near as dramatic as 'the real thing'.