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Eric Baillies – Nineteenth-century photographic artist

I’ve been drawn to photography for as long as I can remember. My dad was a
chemist whose hobby was photography, so I grew up with a darkroom in the
basement.

After working as a commercial photographer for ten years, using contemporary technologies, I began venturing into nineteenth-century techniques. This was driven by my passion for the history of photography, my pleasure in learning about and using bygone methods and materials, the visual engagement, and the sheer joy of making photographic images “from scratch.”

As people viewed my photographs and talked with me about the images and my work, I had a strong desire to learn more. I was fortunate to find the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. There I connected with photographic-process historian Mark Osterman, a leading expert in early techniques and a great teacher and mentor. Working with him has been key to a lot of the success I’ve had in my Photo Chemist work.

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Salt Print from wet collodion negative taken by Mark Osterman and retouched and printed by Eric Baillies

Since 2018 I’ve had the joy of working in my nineteenth-century natural light

studio, where I practice a variety of processes using collodion and gelatin.  

Education 

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2013

2012

Gelatin basics | George Eastman House, Rochester NY

Gelatin advanced | George Eastman House, Rochester NY

Niepceotype & Hyalotype | George Eastman House, Rochester NY

Carbon printing | George Eastman House, Rochester NY

Negative retouching | George Eastman House, Rochester NY

Wet & dry collodion negative | George Eastman House, Rochester NY

Salt & albumen print processing | George Eastman House, Rochester NY

Introduction to tintype | Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco CA

1999 - 2003

Bachelor’s degree, marketing and finance | UW La Crosse, La Crosse WI

Exhibitions 

Solo

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2015

2014

Looking Back to Inspire Tomorrow | Garver Canvas, Madison WI

Art of the Still Life | Madison Public Library, Madison WI

Alternative Photographies | Overture Center, Madison WI

                 Turning Images into Objects | Edgewood College, Madison WI

                 Unsettled | Sundance Cinema, Madison WI

Group

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2013

Dark Matter, commissioned by Faisal Abdu'allah | MMOCA, Madison WI

Unmasking Masculinity for the 21st Century, commissioned by Faisal Abdu'allah | Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo MI 

Art Fair on the Square, Madison WI

Pithanger Manor & Gallery, Ealing Green, London UK

Art Fair on the Square, Madison WI

Un/Seen, curated by Sarah Ann Carter, Chipstone Foundation | Chazen Museum, Madison WI

Trout Museum, Appleton WI

Phenotype | Madison Sourdough Company, Madison WI

The Capitol at 100: Madison Artists Celebrate the Centennial, curated by Martha Glowacki | Overture Center, Madison WI 

Building the Future | Abel Contemporary Gallery, Paoli WI

Tarot Card Exhibit | Madison Public Library, Madison WI   

Contemporary Portrait Gallery Show | Madison College, Madison WI

Art Pop Up | Madison Public Library, Madison WI  

Absinthe | Winnebago Studios, Madison WI 

Courage |  Madison Community Discourse, Madison WI

Temple | Sensorium, curated by Nina Bednarski, Milwaukee WI

Revolution | Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago IL

I welcome commissions and collaborations. Contact details are at the end of this page.

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