A Professional photographer for twenty-five years, Marc Montplaisir has made his mark in advertising with his portraits and the singularity of his editorial work. At the turn of the millennium as digital photography took off, Marc turned to his 19th-century wet plate for his more personal works. He patiently creates ambitious and unforgettable ambrotypes, and in the process has become one of the masters of the technique in North America.
Marc Montplaisir is an artist with a clear vision who is also able to adapt to the constraints of his clients—evidenced by his numerous awards from Lux, Applied Arts and Communication Arts, among many others, and multiple exhibitions in Montreal and New York.
With the ambrotype (the term comes from two Greek words meaning impression and immortal) the artisan photographer can truly get his hands dirty. Although the process was invented a century and a half ago, I create images without any nostalgia. In my portraits, one must feel the reflective gesture. The time taken to shoot the portrait brings that out. I want to bring a deeper reflection both to my subjects during the photo shoot, and to those who study the final product.
In a world dominated by speed and the instantaneous, the long time exposures are a silent rebellion against this modern affliction. Within this parenthesis a more secret, almost forgotten form of humanity arises. Subject and photographer are complicit, while I count aloud the seconds necessary for the materialization of the image. Added to this, the chromatic interpretation of the process gives the subjects an ageless character, transcending our obsession with time.
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