Lisa Elmaleh travels through out rural america with her 8"x10" camera and her mobile darkroom

Lisa Elmaleh, the nomad photographer
Miami - JUN 17, 2013

Lisa Elmaleh is a large format, analogue photographer. Her technique knows nothing of digital immediateness or digital touch ups. Instead, she turned to the tradition of the early photographers of the American West and adopted, we could say rescueing, a nineteenth century process called wet collodion.

Elmaleh set out to travel the USA in company of Fitzgerald Fitzwilliam Fitzgeorge, her 8”x10” camera, in search of people and places worth portraying.  In order to be able to travel without technical restrictions, she converted the the truck of her 1996 Toyota Tercel into a mobile darkroom, capable of developing the large glass negatives on site. Her images reflect the true nature of rural America: landscapes, its people and the musicians that call that land home. 

Lisa Elmaleh, the nomad photographer
©Lisa Elmaleh, Marsh grass and trees, New Jersey
Lisa Elmaleh, the nomad photographer
©Lisa Elmaleh, Frances Green
Lisa Elmaleh, the nomad photographer
©Lisa Elmaleh, Mangroves
Lisa Elmaleh, the nomad photographer
©Lisa Elmaleh, Matthew McElroy. Athens, OH. 2012.

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