Alison Nordstrom Senior Curator of Photographs
George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film
Liminal Elements
Lauren Bon’s Silver and Water depicts and interprets the contemporary American landscape in nineteen very large gelatin silver prints, conventionally hung and presented, accompanied by a sculptural installation of an oversize print and its paper negative afloat in a washing tank, with a shelf of objects garnered from mining sites in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. read more...


William L. Fox Director
Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art
De-silvering the Mirror
It is a little-known and poignant fact that some of the silver and chemicals to produce the films that made Hollywood the global center of the movie industry were extracted from the Owens Valley and environs. read more...


Lauren Bon
Metabolic Studio
Dr. John Murray’s photographs, which he shot and developed while traveling through India in the late nineteenth century, made a distinct impression on me. read more...


Optics Division
Metabolic Studio
A Practical Introduction to the Liminal Camera
The most basic principle in the work of the liminal camera is experimentation.  To the operator of the mechanism, the term ‘liminal’ refers to this ancient space of uncertainty and potentiality  that has captured the minds of many – those who have had the privilege to make work that can constantly re-envision its own end. Experimentation, the process of formulating and answering new questions, is not the erecting of an ideal, an abstract notion of the truth. read more…


Giuseppe Mastruzzo
Guest Artist
Limen (Threshold): Crossing Over
Can landscapes look for justice? Sceneries need a memory and a moral, as it is true of any attribution of meaning, and that is why these pictures by Lauren Bon and the Optics Division Team of her Metabolic Studio call for the retrieval of narration, of memories and visual beliefs: read more...