10.05.13 by Jeff

Photographer Ian Ruhter / Silver & Light Vancouver

ian ruhter silver and light vancouver
You might recall, last April I wrote about Ian Ruhter’s incredible project where he took his life savings and turned an old delivery truck into a giant mobile camera. Ruhter designed his camera to produce enormous images with silver and light using an old photographic technique called a wet plate collodion process. Watch the videos here and here.

Last month he was here in Vancouver, with his truck, and a talented crew made up of Lane Power, Madeline Druce, and Will Eichelberger. The team spent an entire month here, driving the truck to random locations, making wet plates, and meeting as many people as they could.

My friend Maurice and I caught up with them in the lower east side as they were making the portrait that Ian (left) is holding in the image above.

A couple days later they invited us to their house and we got to see stacks of images they created while they were here. Take a look below!

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21.11.12 by Jeff

“American Dream” by Ian Ruhter

American Dream by photographer Ian Ruhter
If you are going to watch one video today, this is the one. Earlier this year I posted about photographer Ian Ruhter’s incredible “Silver & Light” project (see it here). Ian built the world’s largest wet plate camera inside of a truck and now he travels around creating these insanely beautiful large scale images using silver and light. Each one costs him about $500 a pop to produce.

“American Dream” gives us a small glimpse into Ian’s travels so far, meeting people, and hearing their incredible stories as he shoots their portraits. Inspiring stuff! Watch below!

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