Doug Hanson Art

Original Wet Plate Collodion Photo images


Doug Hanson is a photographer specializing in antiquarian analog techniques including wet plate collodion. Educated in engineering, he is drawn to handmade and technical processes to realize his artistic vision. His work explores dimensions of human experience and likeness represented with an altered sense of time, and he exhibits both regionally and internationally. Along with his original work, he conducts workshops in wet plate and other photographic processes from his studio in Hoffman Estates, IL.

“Real Faces”, an ongoing collection, strips away masks, both actual and affected. The images leave bare and vulnerable the people we encounter in our everyday lives. Through these pictures the viewer can observe what lies beneath, what is true, and what is beautiful. The images were created using the wet plate collodion photographic process, practiced from 1851-1880. The process, like the people featured, is fraught with blemishes and artifacts that create a singular aesthetic.