After years at the top of his trade behind the camera, London–based photographer Peter Anderson continues to make, rather than take photographs.
Known for his portraits of the famous and infamous which have hung alongside works by Warhol, Basquiat and Banksy, Anderson is now exhibiting this unique set of photograms inspired by the experimental spirit of early art photography characterised by Man Ray and his Rayograms.
Assembled from the faded icons, flotsam, jetsam, and harsh paraphernalia of Anderson’s South East London world he uses almost obsolete industrial De Vere and Durst enlargers to create a Cowboy’s wildlife. The 89th Airborne Division, Caped Crusader, Cromags and the creepy crawl of Henry Rollins channel an urban apocalypse. Again, like his rock portraits of Joe Strummer, Tom Waits, Mick Jagger etc, these cameraless photographs (except for the ones he made earlier) are inspired by their immediate surroundings.
Measuring an impressive 5ft x 4ft these photograms are handmade silver gelatin prints using traditional wet darkroom techniques with welded steel frames.
Typically a photogram is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects, solid or translucent, onto photosensitive paper which are then exposed to light to give an actual size silhouetted negative image. Instead the gleaned objects in Anderson’s larger than life manipulations alter our perception of this photographic process and expose the dark shadows of wildlife.