Chip Simone is a fine art photographer who lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. His work is compelling, interesting, diverse… all qualities that have garnered multiple gallery shows for him recently including a major show at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Chip Simone prints only on ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk inkjet paper. Recently I caught up with Chip to talk about his work and why he uses only Gold Fibre Silk for his digital inkjet prints.
“I’m a street photographer, ” his bio says. ” I have been making photographs for more than four decades and I remain dedicated to the pursuit of my personal vision as a means of self-expression.” Chip attended Rhode Island School of Design where he met and studied with Harry Callahan, one of the great photographers of the mid-twentieth century. “Photography was very clearly defined as a practice that was done in black and white with relatively small silver prints,” says Chip. “The world of photography was relatively small. There were probably fewer than 500 students in the whole country when I was in art school… I was grounded in the relatively narrow convention of expressive photography. With Callahan, who was a task master and who valued expressive printing over zone system printing, … there was a very different emphasis, it was a much more intuitive.” Chip Simone shot and printed black and white exclusively until the late 1990’s working in 8×10 format from 1973-1983. Just at the turn of the century he began to hear about and think about digital photography.
In 2000 he shot both color and black and white film on a road trip with a friend traveling for two weeks from South Dakota to Palm Springs, California. He says, “When I got back to Atlanta and processed the film and looked at the result I never worked in black and white again.” He began to try to figure out how to “make the digital thing work.” In the early days the papers and ink sets were not acceptable to him. But it was clear to him that the industry was moving in a positive direction.
When ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk came along Chip says, “It changed everything.” He waited 7 years in some cases before he began to print the images he was capturing on color film. It was ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk that convinced him that the quality had arrived. He says that scanned Kodachrome files looked like dye transfer prints. So he began to work more intensely in color, printing only on Gold Fibre Silk.
Take a moment to listen to this short audio clip of more of our conversation about his photography and why he uses ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk exclusively for his fine art prints.
According to Chip his show at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta was directly attributable to showing the work as small work prints on Gold Fibre Silk. Chip says, “Gold Fibre Silk really changed my life because it gave me the confidence to make a certain photograph knowing full well that I could render it with a certain intensity and integrity which the material has enabled me to do.”
His new book called Chroma looks at the second half of his career working in color. The book is published by Nazraeli Press. It is a beautiful hard cover monograph of thirty five images. All of the plates for the book were made from digital prints on ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk.
A brand new show will open in April in New York a the Stephen Kasher Gallery. Chip Simone’s work is collected by the likes of Sir Elton John, The High Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art in NYC, The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, The Houston Museum of Fine Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, and The Worcester Historical Museum in Worcester, MA.
Below we’ve posted a video for you of Chip talking about “The Resonante Image,” the title of his show at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Enjoy!
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