I’m a Pennsylvania-based photographer working in classic film and darkroom techniques.
I use three film cameras:
a hand-built Phillips 8x16” ultra-large-format view camera, a 4x5” field view camera, and a medium-format Hasselblad. I work with only the available light and no distortion filters or digital altering. Images are printed by me in a traditional wet darkroom. I prefer using film, feeling more of a connection with the cameras and darkroom.
I grew up on a farm in central Pennsylvania and moved to California after getting a degree in aerospace engineering. Unfortunately that’s also when I discovered I’d rather be a photographer than a rocket scientist. I spent the next 6 years photographing on the side before resigning in 1992 to become a full-time photographer. I lived and photographed near Yosemite for 4 years before moving to a rural Pennsylvania farm where I live with my family and several rescued animals.
Selected Awards & Exhibitions:
Royal Photographic Society, International Print Competition, London, England 2014
Solo exhibition, Hard Coal, Hoyt Center for the Arts, New Castle, PA 2014
Hoyt Center for the Arts, Mid-Atlantic Juried Exhibition, New Castle, PA 2013, 2007
2013 Portraits Exhibition, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado
First Prize, Photography: Art of the State', State Museum, Harrisburg, PA, 2012
'Black & White Photography,' Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, VT 2011
Merit Award (Landscape/Nature), Black & White Magazine, Single Image Contest 2011
Semi-finalist, ‘Hasselblad Masters’ Copenhagen, Denmark 2008
Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite, California Fall 1998
Grand Prize, Natural World Photography Competition, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1994
© Joel Anderson Fine Art Photography