John Cyr’s Developer Trays Series

Posted by on Jan 15 2013 | Photography

A tool from every photographer’s darkroom

Sally Mann’s Developer Tray, 2011 © John Cyr

Eastman House recently acquired 13 photographs by John Cyr from his series Developer Trays. The series documents the important, albeit utilitarian, tool of every photographer’s darkroom. Six of the

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archival pigment prints were generously donated by the Catherine Edelman Gallery. Six others were purchased with funds from the Charina Foundation. The 13th print, George Eastman’s Developer Tray, was donated by the photographer.

Ansel Adams’s Developer Tray, 2011 © John Cyr

Cyr explains, “I am photographing available developer trays so that the photography community will remember specific, tangible printing tools that have been a seminal part of the photographic experience for the past hundred years…” 

George Eastman’s Developer Tray, 2011 © John Cyr



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