Gazelli Art House is delighted to announce The Untouched, the latest series by artist duo Walter & Zoniel in collaboration with Photo London and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Walter & Zoniel will be creating a series of Iconic Britons portraits of individuals who are renowned by the nation for their accomplishments. Each subject is full-length and lifesize, shot directly onto a metal sheet using a traditional photographic technique first used in the 1850s, making the portraits the largest Tintypes in the world.
Turning the depths of Somerset House, known as the ‘Deadhouse’ into a giant camera, Walter & Zoniel will capture the first part of the series on site in the days leading up to Photo London this May, the portraits will then be presented as part of the fair from the 18th-22nd May.
The artist duo, have combined modern and ancient technology, hand-building a colossal camera to create an immersive experience for both subject and artists, with exposure times reaching 30 seconds. Resulting in a completely unique instantaneous image, more resilient than many other processes, predicted to last one thousand years.
The title of the series The Untouched references the fact that there is no ability or need to retouch or alter the images, as the means of their creation is ethereal. The title is also a nod to the exalted status of the subjects within the eyes of the public.