Stephen Takacs’ studio resides at a Franklinton area warehouse. After parking in the paved parking lot please follow signs that will direct you towards a large sliding garage door. Upon entering Stephen’s studio you’ll see a selection of black and white images, as well as a special interactive optical device.
Stephen Takacs is an artist, educator and freelance photographer based out of 400 West Rich Street studios. He earned a BFA from the Oregon College of Art and Craft and an MFA from The Ohio State University. Takacs is a former Lecturer in the Ohio State University Department of Art and a founding member of an interdisciplinary research group, The OSU STEAM Factory. In 2015, he was awarded a residency at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Banner, Wyoming to continue his work with the ongoing Brownie in Motion Project.
For the past three years, I’ve photographed individuals who practice disappearing trades and crafts using a custom designed, room-sized camera as part of the Brownie In Motion Project. The Brownie In Motion Project is a larger than life replica of an early Kodak camera that functions as a mobile art installation, working camera and photographic darkroom. My range of subjects includes artists, woodworkers, rope makers, blacksmiths, and even a steam engine mechanic.
In our increasingly fast-paced, hands-off, digitized world, I’m interested in exploring what it means to return to a slower, more physical way of living. I shoot directly onto black and white photo paper that produces a direct positive image, much like a Polaroid or a 19th century tintype. The large size of this light-tight camera allows me to produce one-of-a-kind prints that are chemically developed by hand on location. Every shoot is a performance, the residue of which exists in the form of a photograph. Like the work of many of the craftspeople that I photograph, my images sometimes exhibit the marks of their creation, including pinholes, fingerprints and the occasional sweat stain. This ongoing exploration is an effort to understand where we’ve been, where we are going, and what may be forgotten in the name of progress.
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