Robin North

Robin North photographer

Robin North works in alternative photographic processes and a range of expressions such as experimental narratives and portraits.
From: Richmond, Texas, and San Diego, California, USA
Shows: Cyanotypes, Platinum/Palladiums and Salt prints.


Robin North is an interdisciplinary/visual artist based in Richmond, Texas, and San Diego, California. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Houston with a concentration in Photography and Digital Media. He is currently a Presidential Graduate Research Fellow and Master of Fine Arts candidate in Photography at San Diego State University in San Diego, CA. His work, ranging from alternative photography processes, installation, time-based media, experimental narratives, and innovative imaging technologies to photographic archives and research, has a particular interest in the relationship between photography and history related to the African Diaspora and African Americans.

Robin North’s practice explores how image-making, particularly photography, during the Civil War, Reconstruction, Civil Rights, and other periods of conflict was used to deny black representation and perpetuate the idea of racial inferiority. Robin explores the complex questions associated with the account of African chattel slavery and its correlation with the past and present-day structured systems of racism and the personal and public forces that shape African Diasporic experiences.

Robin North engages with the historic nature of alternative photography processes and the anti-technological pursuit of the reproducing of perfect images. The handmaking aspect of alternative photography provides a personal artistic expression through creative thinking and the enjoyment of the unknown. He feels that the limitless possibilities within alternative process techniques allow unconventional artistic expressions that directly correlate with reimagining black representation and missing history.

“As a former technology executive, digital photography has always been a passion. But as I turned to the arts as a means of interrogating my history, the idea of replicating the past did not fuel my creative aspirations. I wanted a unique approach that wasn’t a reproduction of a troubled past. Alternative photography provides a creative and expressive outlet to weave past conflicts into contemporary issues, which informs the future. It was the perfect combination of historical practices with contemporary processes.”

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Recommended reading - Learn more about Cyanotypes
Blueprint to cyanotypes the book by Malin Fabbri
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Blueprint to cyanotypes - Exploring a historical alternative photographic process

by Malin Fabbri and Gary Fabbri

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All you need to get started with cyanotypes, full of information, tips and samples from artists. An excellent beginners' guide to cyanotypes!
 
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Cyanotype Notes - Document your cyanotype process
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Cyanotype notes – Document your cyanotype process

50 pre-defined pages for you to document your cyanotype process.
 
Anna Atkins tribute calendar
Anna Atkins calendar undated

Anna Atkins tribute calendar

12 beautiful cyanotypes by 12 different artists created in honour of Anna Atkins.
 
Anna Atkins tribute journal
Anna Atkins tribute journal undated

Anna Atkins tribute journal

Daily planner featuring 60 beautiful cyanotypes by different cyanotype artists created in honour of Anna Atkins.
 
Anna Atkins tribute planner
Anna Atkins tribute planner

Anna Atkins tribute planner

Yearly wall planner in A0, A1 and A2 size, featuring 60 beautiful cyanotypes.
 
 
Recommended reading - Learn more about Platinum & palladium
Platinotype: Making Photographs in Platinum and Palladium with the Contemporary Printing-out Process

Platinotype: Making Photographs in Platinum and Palladium with the Contemporary Printing-out Process

by Pradip Malde and Mike Ware

Describes the mechanisms and chemistry of platinum/palladium printing in safe and practical ways.
 

Platinum and Palladium Printing by Dick Arentz

Platinum and Palladium Printing

by Dick Arentz

A complete guide.
 

The Old Made New: Richard Eugene Puckett’s Dry Print-Out Processes with Gold, Palladium, and Platinum
 

The Platinum Printing Workshop: Platinum/Palladium Printing Made Easy

The Platinum Printing Workshop: Platinum/Palladium Printing Made Easy

by Ian Leake

Workshop guide and walk-through of the process.
 
 
 
Recommended reading - Learn more about Salt prints
Salted Paper Printing: A Step-by-Step Manual Highlighting Contemporary Artists

Salted Paper Printing: A Step-by-Step Manual Highlighting Contemporary Artists

by Christina Z. Anderson

The history and the process: from beginner to intermediate level, with step-by-step instructions and troubleshooting.
 

The Salt Print Manual by Ellie Young
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The Salt Print Manual

by Ellie Young

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Learn how to make salt prints. A practical manual in clear and jargon-free language.
 

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