About The Halide Project

The Halide Project was created in 2015 to promote the continued practice and appreciation of traditional and alternative photographic processes. Founded in Philadelphia but maintaining a global outlook, prospective programming includes photographic exhibits, workshops, community workspace(s), and an artist residency focusing on film and alternative process photography.

Why Traditional Photography?

In the early digital era, there was a move away from traditional photographic media, as some practitioners and many education centers strove to embrace the latest technological advances. Many photography galleries followed suit, shifting their focus to large-scale pigment ink works.

Now, years later, traditional photography is experiencing a resurgence, as people are becoming curious about pre-digital techniques and are developing an appreciation for the aspects of traditional photography that differ from digital: the physical process, the dedication of time and focus, and its immersive qualities.

Not only is traditional black-and-white and color film-based photography once again thriving, but there is a growing interest in historic processes, particularly among photographers who want to immerse themselves in the process of image-making from start to finish; mixing their own emulsion, coating their own plates and paper, and hand processing their images.

The Halide Project’s goal is to re-introduce the public to the unique beauty of traditional photographic art. Crafted by hand, these works are truly one-of-a-kind, direct expressions of an artistic vision and are best appreciated in person. We aim to provide the public with an opportunity to engage with traditional photography by both viewing works in a gallery and gaining hands-on experience with the joy of these processes through artist-led workshops. We also strive to support and encourage practitioners of these arts by providing affordable workspace and residency and exhibition opportunities.

Project Timeline

How will we support the practice of traditional photographic arts? Initial plans include:

December 2015: Inaugural Exhibit
Entitled “Making Contact,” our inaugural photography exhibit will feature the work of five regional photographic artists working with different traditional and alternative processes. In conjunction with the exhibit, the public will be invited to participate in various free educational events in the gallery. These events will offer participants the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with different photographic processes.

Spring 2016: First Call for Entry
In Spring of 2016, we will seek submissions from artists working with traditional and alternative processes for our first annual juried exhibition.

Fall 2016: Community Workspace Opens
With help from the community, we hope to offer a permanent workspace/gallery option supporting black-and-white and color film development and printing, as well as a variety of alternative processes.

Fall 2017: Photo Residency Project Begins
Housed in an idyllic location within driving distance from Philadelphia and New York, The Halide Project’s artist residency program aims to provide traditional photographic artists with workspace and housing to support the production of new work.