Awhile back I did a photo series, <In Camera>, about old photo studios in Asia, the ones that used painted backdrops. Digital photography pretty much put these places out of business. Because I’ve always loved the backdrops, I began this project to celebrate them. I’m employing people (artisans rather than artists) who either used to (or miraculously still) paint backdrops and/or now paint signs, political posters and/or movie billboards. I give them a photo of one of my own images and have them paint an 8’ x 8’ (2.4 meters x 2.4 meters) canvas.
I’m continuing The Backdrop Project and am looking to employ and collaborate with painters in venues other than Asia. Of course, participants will be credited for their work in the final interactive installation.
Any and all help, leads, and information will be greatly appreciated.