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Christopher Bucklow

Born in: 1957

United Kingdom

Biography
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Somerset-based
British Photographer Christopher Bucklow (b.1957) pushes the boundaries of his
medium to explore nature, process, and the human form. 

Bucklows' approach to his subject matter is multi-layered: using photography, drawing and video as the need arises. In their simplicity and directness, his photographic techniques are more akin to that of the pioneers of the exploratory processes of the 19th century than to more conventional and contemporary practices, incorporating elements of astronomy, chemistry and alchemy. This can be seen, for example, in the exquisite and unique pinhole, life-size colour portraits of his ongoing Guest and Tetrarch series.


As a part of the “cameraless" photographic movement in the U.K., Bucklow's ongoing “Guest" series (1993-) uses pinhole camera techniques to create large-scale photograms of human figures. 


The complex process begins with projecting silhouettes onto aluminum foil and tracing them with thousands of small pinholes. He then uses the foil as his lens, placing the foil over a sheet of photographic paper and exposes it to sunlight, the various qualities of light on a given day yielding different colours and shades in the projected image.


Bucklow's photographs are produced using an extremely large multiple-aperture pinhole camera to achieve a galaxy of images of the sun – a 'solar body' – in a life-size portrait. Both the Guest
and the Tetrarch series are intended to be viewed as a collective
self-portrait, portraying a group of individuals, spiritual friends and foes, whose combined characters reflect a multi-faceted image of Bucklow himself. The subjects in these works are portraits of Bucklow's own interior in which he explains the importance of the selection of his subjects: “It's like a cast of characters in a film. I think I was casting for my 'film' even before I knew that I was about to launch out on a narrative." 


Bucklow has exhibited widely internationally, and his work is included in many key international collections, including: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Museum of Fine Art, San Francisco; Herzliya Museum of Art, Israel; Phoenix Art Museum; High Museum, Atlanta, USA and the British Council, to name but a few.


Bucklow was the first of the British Museum's 'Artist in Residence' in 2002-2003, in London.

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Christopher Bucklow, Guest, 5.14pm 11th November 1998, Photography

Christopher Bucklow

Guest, 5.14pm 11th November 1998, 1998
40 x 30 inch
Photography

$10,421

Christopher Bucklow, Guest, 12.29pm 9th December 1995, Photography

Christopher Bucklow

Guest, 12.29pm 9th December 1995, 1995
40 x 30 inch
Photography

$10,421

Christopher Bucklow, Tetrarch, 1.29pm 14th October 2012, Photography

Christopher Bucklow

Tetrarch, 1.29pm 14th October 2012, 2012
60 x 40 inch
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$21,076

Christopher Bucklow, Tetrarch, 11.07am 9th July 2005, Photography

Christopher Bucklow

Tetrarch, 11.07am 9th July 2005, 2005
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$17,563

Christopher Bucklow, Magnetic Mirror, 4.12pm 20th October 2003, Photography

Christopher Bucklow

Magnetic Mirror, 4.12pm 20th October 2003, 2003
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$10,421

Christopher Bucklow, The Beauty of the World, 11.44am 24th July 2008, Photography

Christopher Bucklow

The Beauty of the World, 11.44am 24th July 2008, 2008
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$5,269

Christopher Bucklow, The Beauty of the World, 3.07pm 26th July 2008, Photography

Christopher Bucklow

The Beauty of the World, 3.07pm 26th July 2008, 2008
16 x 16 inch
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$5,269

Christopher Bucklow, Guest, 2.11pm 9th December 1995, Photography

Christopher Bucklow

Guest, 2.11pm 9th December 1995, 1995
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$10,421

Christopher Bucklow, Guest, 12.11am 7th March 1997, Photography

Christopher Bucklow

Guest, 12.11am 7th March 1997, 1997
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$10,421

Christopher Bucklow, Guest, 8.41pm 4th June 1997, Photography

Christopher Bucklow

Guest, 8.41pm 4th June 1997, 1997
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$10,421

Christopher Bucklow, Studies for Anima, Photography

Christopher Bucklow

Studies for Anima, 2013
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Christopher Bucklow, Guest, 11.17am 12th July 2005, Photography

Christopher Bucklow

Guest, 11.17am 12th July 2005, 2005
40 x 30 inch
Photography

$10,421

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