Slow Photography

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Slow Photography

is a term describing a tendency in today's contemporary Photography and Arts. In response to the spread of digital photography and the snapshot, artists and photographers retake manual techniques and working methods to work slower, manually and in constant dialogue with the physical materials of the images.

The term was first introduced by Norwegian photographer, artist and photo educator Johanne Seines Svendsen in the article "The Slow Photography - In Motion", published in the book Through a Glass, Darkly in January 2013 in collaboration with the North Norwegian Art Center, The Arts Council of Norway and the Norwegian Photographical Fund.

The term was put into shape in the installation "The Slow Photography" at The 67th. North Norwegian Art Exhibition, first opened in the city of Bodø in January 2013. The installation contained five original ambrotypes and alumitypes presented in a monter; and presents contemporary work with the historical photographical process wet plate collodion (1851-1880).

Slow Photography can be seen in the context of cultural, political and environmental tendencies and associated with other movements such as slow food, slow architcture, Cittaslow (slow cities) etcetera.

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"The Slow Photography - In Motion", Johanne Seines Svendsen, 2013

Through a Glass, Darkly, Johanne Seines Svendsen, FingerPrint, 2013. ISBN 978-82-303-2243-7

The 67th North Norwegian Art Exhibition