Day for Night

Photographs by Richard Learoyd

Text by Martin Barnes and Nancy Gryspeerdt

Published in collaboration with Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco

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12 x 14 3/4 inches 328 pages, 160 four-color images Hardcover with acetate jacket and belly band 978-1-59711-329-8 September 2015

This deluxe, oversized monograph offers the most comprehensive collection of Richard Learoyd’s color studio images to date—mostly portraits, but also including a handful of exquisite still lifes. The color images are made with one of the most antiquarian of photographic processes: the camera obscura, literally translated from Latin as “dark room.” Learoyd has created a room-sized camera in which the Cibachrome photographic paper is exposed. The subject is in the adjacent room, separated by a lens. Light falling on the subject is directly focused onto the photographic paper without an interposing film negative. The result is an entirely grainless image. The overall sense of these larger-than-life images redefines the photographic illusion. Learoyd’s subjects, composed simply and directly, are described with the thinnest plane of focus, recreating and exaggerating the way that the human eye perceives—not without a small acknowledgment to the paintings of the Dutch Masters.


The 150 images in this volume have been reproduced with utmost care to capture the luminosity of the original materials. Includes an artist statement by Learoyd and curatorial statement by Martin Barnes, who is organizing the first solo exhibition of the artist’s work atthe Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


Richard Learoyd (born in Nelson, Lancashire, England, 1966) studied fine-art photography at the Glasgow School of Art. His work has been included in group shows at the International Center of Photography, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the National Gallery, London, and is in public collections such as the Tate Modern, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Yale University Art Gallery,New Haven, Connecticut; and the Scottish Arts Council (Creative Scotland). Learoyd startedhis camera obscura work in 2003. He is represented by McKee Gallery, New York, and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. He is based in London.


Martin Barnes (essay) is the senior curator of photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum,London. In addition to curating numerous touring exhibitions in the UK, his curated exhibitionsat the museum include Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography (2010). Barnes writes on contemporary photographers for such publications as Aperture and Portfolio, as well as for exhibition catalogues.

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