When photography began shifting from film to digital, Jeff Redman feared that manufacturers like Kodak and Ilford would stop making the black-and-white papers he had used for decades. Redman researched the "hand-made" processes that had been used in the early days of photography. He loved the look of the few "carbon prints" that he found in museums and collections.
A mutual friend introduced Redman to Vaughn Hutchings, who kindly spent a day teaching him the basics of the carbon process. Under Vaughn’s tutelage, Redman made three very nice small prints that day. It took Redman almost four years to make what he considered another "very nice small print."
In Redman's ongoing efforts to make engaging, compelling, and beautiful images, he has grown to love the “look” of carbon transfer prints. The lush tonalities, openness, and surface “relief” impart a subtle three-dimensional “feel” to his carbon prints.
Jeff Redman's love of photography began when a high school friend handed him a Nikon 35mm SLR and asked him to take a few "snapshots". As a photojournalist for Sac State's student newspaper, Redman covered anti-war demonstrations and speeches by anti-war and civil rights leaders.
The photo journalistic world shifted when Life and Look magazines, where Redman planned to start his career, folded. He took up landscape photography and eventually started shooting with 4x5 view cameras.
Many of his carbon transfer prints are made from his archive of large format negatives.