Joe Chanin’s “Secret” Revealed
By David J. Carol
PHO TOS © JOE CHANIN
Joe Chanin has been taking personal photographs since he was a teenager. As his career in advertising and commercial photography developed, his private passion continued “in secret.” He had never been interested in showing or publishing this work until a few years ago
when curator Anne Wilkes Tucker of the Museum of Fine Arts,
Houston saw some of it and wanted to include some prints in
the museum’s permanent collection. All of the images were shot
on Kodachrome PKR 64 (until its discontinuation in 2009) in a
dark, very under-exposed technique. Chanin’s images were so
dark in fact, that his early Cibachrome prints would take hours
to expose, often burning out enlarger bulbs in the middle of an
exposure. More recently, Chanin has shot with a Leica M9 and
used handmade paper and home mixed varnishes when making
his original prints. Chanin’s lonely and alienated images convey
a world that both fascinates and saddens me, but also keeps me
interested. His new book, Taken from Darkness, comes out in
spring 2013. I can’t wait.
Each month, David Carol will highlight work from a photographer who shoots for love, passion and personal expression.
David J. Carol is the Director of Photography at CBS Outdoor. His photographs
and award-winning photography books are in the collections of major museums and institutions throughout the United States. He is a portfolio reviewer
for ASMP and Palm Springs Photo Festival, and judges photo contests for
Rangefinder and PDN, among others. Contact him at David@davidcarol.
com or go to his Web site, www.DavidCarol.com