zoomspark asked: Tony, I absolutely love your gum work! I became very interested immediately when I saw a few of your images in Christopher James’ book. I strive to achieve the tones you have in the figurative work represented in the chapter. The image of the shower curtain and the girl in the bathroom are simply beautiful. I am very interested in the process you go through when editing your negatives? Again, I am a huge fan and appreciate any feed back (: thank you!!
Thanks for the compliments on my work. When editing my work, I find it helps to let some time pass to get some distance from the moment of shooting in order to see the pictures with a fresh eye. I’ll look at the work often to make preliminary cuts and show the pictures to people I trust who also know my work in order to get another perspective.
Tony Gonzalez is an artist currently living in New York City. He received his BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art and his MFA from Yale University. In addition to working as a fine art photographer, Gonzalez has taught photography for 30 years including at The Cooper Union, Pratt Institute and New York University. Since 2002, Gonzalez has been teaching full-time at Queens College, CUNY and is currently a Tenured Professor and Deputy Chair of the Photography & Imaging program. Gonzalez is a contributing author for The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, Second Edition and Third Edition by Christopher James and is featured most recently in the news book Gum Printing, A Step-by-Step Manual Highlighting Artists and Their Creative Practice by Christina Z. Anderson and Alternate Processes in Photography by Brian Arnold.
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