Since 2000 José Betancourt and Susan Weil have worked closely together to develop ways of printing and presenting a body of artwork based on the Cyanotype, also known as the photographic “Blueprint”. Although the Cyanotype is their primary technique, Betancourt and Weil have also worked with Photograms and Van Dyke Brown prints. Their collaborative works can range from personal and autobiographical to formal constructions.
The fragmented canvases and negative space form unique images for the viewer. Betancourt has used visual implications in his panoramic photographs to construct fictional landscapes from multiple continuous frames. Weil also has used multiple shaped panels to investigate time and space. Her retrospective publication by Skira entitled “Moving Pictures” shows this body of work. Their love of the history of photography and historical techniques has produced one of a kind works that transcend to a contemporary context.
José Betancourt is Professor of Photography at UAH Huntsville’s Department of Art and Art History. He has been working with alternative photographic processes for 20 years and has given workshops on his techniques. Jose received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Florida and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the City University of New York- Hunter College.
Aside from his teaching duties José judges photography competitions, artists’ grants and also exhibits his work nationally and internationally. His “Blueprints” work, in collaboration with Susan Weil, is presently traveling the US with stops in Portland, OR, Youngstown, OH, Asheville, NC, Nashville, TN and Tuscumbia, AL.
Please join us on October 13th as Jose presents his work and talks about this exciting alternative process.