Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is pleased to present Henry Paine’s photographic exhibit Vintage Lace Designs of the Early 20th Century in its Step Up Gallery in June.
In a departure from his usual photographic subjects, Henry Paine recently revived a project begun in the late 1970s when he was using a 4x5 view camera. “At that time,” Paine explains, “I had access to scores of delicately handcrafted lace and cutwork tablecloths and curtains at a specialty laundering facility owned and operated by my wife’s grandmother. Once the curtains or tablecloths were washed and starched, they would be placed on stretchers and held in place by tiny pins that surrounded the wooden frame.… When I saw the tablecloths and curtains, I knew I had to photograph them. I sometimes focused in on small segments of the designs, and other times I backed up and photographed the entire piece.”