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John Cyr


Larry Fink's Developer Tray


From the mid nineteenth century until today, silver gelatin printing has been one of the most utilized photographic processes. From classic reportage to fine art photography, the majority of it was performed in a black and white darkroom until the mid-1970’s. As recently as 2000, black and white darkroom classes still served as the location for introduction to photography courses. The digital advances in photography over the past ten years have been remarkable. I am photographing available developer trays so that the photography community will remember specific, tangible printing tools that have been a seminal part of the photographic experience for the past hundred years. By titling each tray with its owner’s name, I reference the historical significance of these objects in a minimal manner that evokes thought and introspection about what images have passed through each individual tray.


8x9.5" image on 8.5x11" paper


Archival pigment print

Edition Size




To Benefit

Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. The organization is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. From offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, it serves more than 150,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders.

John's Pledge

100% of print sales. $1500 total if the edition sells out.


John Cyr (b. 1981) is a Brooklyn based photographer, printer and educator. In 2010, Cyr received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2011, he was the recipient of the New York Photo Award in the Fine Art Series category as well as a juror’s Project Prize in the Daylight/Center for Documentary Studies Photo Awards. Cyr's work has been published in PHOTO+ Magazine, Rizzoli's New York: A Photographer's City, and Humble Arts Foundation's Collector's Guide to New Art Photography and can be found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History. His work has been featured in Time’s Lightbox, NPR's The Picture Show, Wired's Raw File, PDN's Photo of the Day, and aCurator. Cyr is an adjunct faculty member at the International Center of Photography and the owner of Silver 68, a traditional silver gelatin printing studio.