Roman Kravchenko is the leading cameraman ambrotypist in Ukraine. He is the first one to renew the method of the wet plate collodion processes, primarily invented and published in 1851 by English scientist Frederic Scott Archer (1813–1857).
In addition, Roman Kravchenko reconstructed photographing and archiving emulsion collodion layer on glass plate method called Ambrotype (from Greek – αμβρότος), invented in 1854 by James Ambrose Cutting. Currently, only about 100 photographers in the world who practice such approach, due to its uniqueness and complexity in use.
Photographs by Roman Kravchenko were recently published in The Wet Plate Collodion Day Book, 2009. The book represents works by 51 photographers from 13 countries and 3 continents. His works were also displayed in his first personal exhibition called ‘Ambrotypes — Natural Magic,’ held in Kyiv in October, 2009. Roman Kravchenko’s works were also part of an exhibition called ‘The Art of Manual Photocopying’, which took place in Chernihiv, Ukraine.
Ambrotypes (from Greek αμβρότος – unchangeable or immortal) or colloid positives are negative images on glass plates with bottom layer of velvet, paper or dye, mostly used for making portraits. Ambrotypy holds invaluable advantages, including longevity and uniqueness. For example, there are 300 glass plates shot by Roger Fenton during Crimean War in 1855 are still safely kept in the Library of Congress. Each image is fixed on glass right after being made, and becomes a unique and collectable item.
From the Author: The Memory of Time
As a child I remember being mesmerized by the intricate beauty of an old piece of a pine tree bark, brown with black veins. Today I work with Glass, which has an even more marvelous structure. It is so fragile and insecure that special conditions must be created to keep it safe and to preserve the images it can carry.
Memories are fragile and even in this high tech world overwhelmed by media, we continue to pay more and more attention to single copy pieces-of-art. A picture formed by silver crystals and covered with special lacquer based on a rosin of African plants, can be stored for an unlimited time. Unlike a regular photograph or a print, an ambrotype will not lose its color and will keep all its original features, which is proven by the first ambrotypes made in the middle 19th century which we continue to cherish.
Whether displaying a historical ambrotype, or creating history by making new images, I help the viewer escape the world of the ordinary and connect with the intuitive subconsciousness. The result is up to your kind judgment.
List of Individual Exhibitions:
- 20.05-5.06. Individual exhibition «Crimea unfinished journey», Revela-T analog photo festival, Vilassar de Dalt (Barcelona), Hispania
2014 August 15-17, solo exhibition «Photographic history of the Crimean Tatars » Fair Stanford, Lublin, Old Town, Poland
2012 June 2 — July 20, solo exhibition Artists Association Foto. Gallery «steps 111» ul.Bernardynska 14a, Lublin, Poland
2011 August 20th to September 9th, solo exhibition «Ambrotypes – Natural Magic» gallery» Art «, Krasnik, Poland
2011 16-28 May, solo exhibition «Ambrotypes — Natural Magic,» Gallery Atelier», ul.Lwówska 26, Chelm, Poland
2011 1-14 March, solo exhibition «Ambrotypes — Natural Magic», Lublin, «NN» Gallery, ul. Grodzka 34, Poland
2009 1-30. October. Individual exhibition, «Ambrotypes — Natural Magic», Kiev, Arsenal Art, Ukraine
List of collective Exhibitions:
2016.10. 02-29. collective exhibition «Crimea unfinished journey», Lublin, Poland
2016.05.12-30, collective exhibition “Contemporary overview of photographic techniques alternative and archaic” Wroclaw, Poland
2016.03. 02-29. collective exhibition «Crimea unfinished journey», Siedlce, Poland
- 03.01-30, collective exhibition “Contemporary overview of photographic techniques alternative and archaic” Katowice, Poland
- 01.16-30, collective exhibition “Contemporary overview of photographic techniques alternative and archaic” Warsawa, Poland
- 03 — Sept. 6. collective exhibition «Crimea — unfinished journey» European Festival of Taste, monastery. Dominican, Lublin,Poland
- 02 — 28 September, collective exhibition «Crimea — unfinished journey» Pomeranian Library Szczecin,Poland
2015 17 July-25 August, the collective exhibition «Spirituality borderline III ‘landscape”, Bialskie Cultural Centre, ul. Warsaw 11, Biala Podlaska, Poland
2015 22-29.05. collective exhibition «Crimea unfinished journey», Jeżycki Cultural Centre Jackowski 5-7 Jezyce, Poznan, Poland
2014-2015, collective exhibition «Crimea unfinished journey», Chelm, Gallery «Atelier» ul. Lwiwska 26, Poland
2010, collective exhibition «Ambrotypes», Chernivtsi, Ukraine
2010 collective exhibition «5», HA_RA_SHO, Evpatoriya, Crimea, Ukraine
2009 collective exhibition «The Art of manual photocopying», Plast Art, Chernihiv, Ukraine