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Margaret Muza: Ambrotype Photography
September 29 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Come to Within Things on Saturday, September 29th from 2:00 – 5:00pm for a very special event with ambrotype photographer Margaret Muza. Margaret will be making 8×10 portraits developed on black glass for $150 per portrait. Dress for the occasion and have a unique, one-of-a-kind photograph of yourself (or with someone else!). More about ambrotypes can be found here.
Margaret is a photographer specializing in the wetplate process. Using old large format cameras and and one of the earliest photographic methods, she gravitates towards portraiture with modern subjects while embracing unexpected or unexplainable artifacts of wet chemistry on glass and metal. Through her lens, she experiments on found objects from forgotten landscapes. Growing up in Milwaukee, she has seen much of the historic architecture being left behind and ultimately erased. These rapid changes to her beloved surroundings has shaped her work by creating an emphasis on making something that lasts and is cared for for generations to come.
Since her 2017-2018 residency at The Pfister Hotel, Margaret Muza traveled West to a ghost town in Utah where she spent 6 weeks making ultra large format wetplates in the desert. Setting up a makeshift darkroom in an unused shack, she took a series of direct exposures with a 16×20 camera. Without plumbing for miles, all of these plates were rinsed in water hauled in from the Colorado River. Margaret’s sister Eileen Muza is the only full time resident in the town of Cisco, and is an artist herself. Travelers from all over the world have found beauty and peace in this isolated location, and Margaret worked to document the visitors that come and go, as well as her sister who has made it her permanent home.
Since her return from the West in June, Margaret can be found at her Bayview, Milwaukee studio where she is available for commissions and portrait sessions. More info about Margaret can be found at www.margaretmuza.com.