Kerik is known to American and European photographers and collectors as a trailblazer in the field of wet plate collodion and platinum/palladium printing. His current work (in the exhibition) is pushes the boundaries with a fascinating blend of of old and new processes using metallic and mirrored substrates. It really must be seen to be appreciated. We are quite serious about this!
His works are held in private and corporate collections in North America and Europe and notably in the Museum of Fine Art, Houston and the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, Newcastle, Pennsylvania.
Kerik Kouklis is a photographer raised in California with a background in Geology and Music. Originally inspired by the Pictorialists and other last-century pactitioners, he is deeply involved in the work of the hand-made photograph using time-honored, even arcane processes like Wet PlateCollodion Photography and Platinum-Palladium and Gum Platinum Printing. He has been teaching some of these processes in workshops since 1997. He makes frequent use diffused focus lenses to explore obscure, little-known places and make images that can be at once calm and unsettling - often photographing in fog or very low light, giving many of his images an ethereal quality. Kerik makes good use of his large-format cameras, ranging from 8x10 inch up to 14x17 inches (this is the size of the negative or plate, made of glass in the case of the wet plate collodion process. If you have further questions about Kerik or his work, please inquire and we will be more than happy to oblige you.
2008 Ansel Adams Gallery Yosemite – Solo Exhibit of Wet Plate Collodion Work