Ever since he first viewed a platinum print, Clay Harmon has been creating his art in platinum/palladium and a host of other 19th century photographic print processes such as gum bichromate, cyanotype, and van dyke brown. Somewhere along this fifteen year journey, he began getting ink under his fingernails and dove headfirst into mastering the photogravure process.
While never one to walk away from taking a pretty landscape picture in the northern latitudes, his favorite subject matter is the quirky world of parking garages, nighttime urban scenes and freeway overpasses, with the occasional statue’s butt, cathedral interior and offbeat portrait thrown in the mix.
He enjoys sharing his knowledge and has taught alternative process workshops for the Houston Center for Photography and Project Basho in Philadelphia.
He is represented by the DeSantos Gallery in Houston, Texas, and has exhibited work at Fotofest in Houston, Rayko Gallery in San Francisco, Houston Center for Photography, and the Clear Lake Arts Alliance. His work is in the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and in private collections in the Americas, Europe and the Far East.
In December 2018 Clay Harmon published Polymer Photogravure: A Step-by-Step Manual, Highlighting Artists and Their Creative Practice, a book on the intaglio process of making prints from digital negatives. Available widely.
Clay’s work can be seen at his website.