John Coffer

Jan 22 - Feb 7, 2014

New York

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Press Release

Gerald Peters Gallery is pleased to announce John Coffer, an exhibition of the artist’s tintype photography, comprised of over 30 works created between 1999 and 2013.

Fascinated with tintypes from the age of eight, John Coffer devoted himself to re-­‐‑discovering the photographic technique of wet-­‐‑plate colodion tintypes or “Ferrotypes,” a medium that had been discontinued after the 19th century. Using the writings of the 19th century photographer, Peter Britt, Coffer learned the process of wet-­‐‑plate photography and first began creating his own works in the 1980s.

Coffer’s works focus largely on iconic “old-­‐‑fashioned” imagery; his cast iron stove, model T Ford and horse-­‐‑drawn cart appear often in his photographs. Many of the works in the present exhibition also feature chickens, cows, haystacks, blacksmithing tools, and other imagery of agrarian life from a bygone era. At the same time, Coffer infuses these images with contemporary perspective, giving his works a modern aesthetic. It is this compelling juxtaposition, between old and new, that has won Coffer recognition as a leader of photography’s Antiquarian Avant-­‐‑ Garde. His work is included in the International Center of Photography permanent collection and Colby College Museum of Art, as well as numerous private collections.

For further information, please contact Alice Hammond at (212) 628-­‐‑9760 or To view more works in this exhibition, please visit our website: