Photographers Ahmed Salvador and Scott McMahon are the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributors of this photo essay. From the project ‘LIGHT AND CHEMICAL CORRESPONDENCE’. To see Ahmed and Scott ’s body of work, click on any image.
“Scott McMahon and Ahmed Salvador have been collaborating since their undergraduate days at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduation, they have rarely lived in the same town for any span of time, yet their correspondence continues over mail and the occasional meet up.
The process involves one of them sending to the other bits of paper or film exposing for days in the mail. Once the parcel is received, it is opened, developed, and the results scanned and emailed back to the sender. At times initial lens exposures are made, but the material and/or packaging is later subjugated to light leaks from violently made drill holes or cut marks. In a way these perverse techniques push these factory-made films and papers to the end of their silver tether. They also squeeze the true nature of ‘writing with light’ out of them. Any reciprocity that the light sensitive materials provide is forcibly attained. However brutal, the end result is still a vestige of the first 150 years of traditional photography’s innovation grasping, but not gasping, for relevance.”
All images and text © Ahmed Salvador and Scott McMahon
By Scott McMahon & Ahmed Salvador
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