Silver & Light – Maarten Koch
It seems like magic. Nature, a nostalgic camera, and a silver plate. In seconds, your image travels 170 years back in time. To then return to the now through a concoction of elements. Immortalized in silver. This is photography in its rawest form. Maarten Koch has elevated this craft to an art form. His play of silver and light gives new meaning to the sensitive plate.
‘I have a great love for authentic photography,’ says Maarten, ‘and the silver plates have fascinated me for years. The technique was invented in 1851 by Frederick Scott Archer. It is a magical process always surprises and amazes, because you are at the mercy of the elements. Every change in the process gives an unpredictable result: from mixing collodion, bathing in silver, to taking the photo and developing and fixing the plate. Every photo is unique and that’s so cool. Pure silver, with a golden edge!”
Maarten Koch, Photographer 1968 born in Amsterdam NL, lives and works in the Netherlands
Koch’s works are represented in various collections in the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Dubai, Romania, Germany, Kroatia, Scotland, South Africa and the USA