Developer Trays by John Cyr

This Developer Tray Photographic Series by Brooklyn based photographer John Cyr is simple, powerful and resonates profoundly with me. Each image takes me into the artists process. Every mark on the tray, the color of the chemical effects, and the size and shape of the vessel tells a story of the power of the unique creative process for each unique individual. I can visualize the important work that has passed through each tray, both mechanized by the camera, and a work of handcraft by the artists vision. What an opportunity as a viewer to get inside some of the most accomplished photographers darkrooms.

John Cyr is a Brooklyn  based photographer, printer and educator. He received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is an adjunct faculty member at the International Center of Photography. In addition to working on his own photographic projects and teaching, he owns and operates Silver 68, a traditional silver gelatin printing studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn’s Photo District. I have highlighted only a few images from the Developer Tray series. Prints from this stunning set can be purchased in various sizes by contacting John Cyr at  A wonderful gift for your favorite photography enthusiast.

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