Jon Baker

 





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Jon Baker makes photographs with a room sized camera that records its subject larger than life size. This is a chemical process that does not involve digital technology. Light bounces off the subject, through the camera lens, directly onto a large sheet of photographic paper hanging in the back of the camera. Jon made this ‘Macro Obscura’ because the amount of light it records creates a rich and detailed image surface that would not be possible with conventional digital or analog cameras.

By making his own camera and creating photographs that record intricate detail and form, Jon follows the path created by photographers such as Wilson Bentley, Karl Blossfeldt, Arthur E Smith and Miroslave Tichy. The experimental approaches of these artists and their commitment to form and detail have been a foundation for how Jon makes his own work


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Jon Baker (b.1977) 
Has exhibited work at the Serpentine Gallery, the Parasol Unit and the Catlin Prize
Jon was born and lives in London.

Group Exhibitions
Mouth Parts, St Margarets House 2021 
OHSH Projects, The Holy Grail 2021 
6x6 Project, online group show 2021 
The Idealist and the Contrarian, Serpentine Cinema, Serpentine, London 2019 
Catlin Art Prize, London, 2015 
ART 15, University of the Arts London selection, Kensington Olympia, London, 2015 
Exposure 14 Award show, Parasol unit, 2014
Saatchi Sensations, Saatchi, London, 2014 
Art for Youth, Royal College of Art, 2014 
Degree show, Chelsea College, University of the Arts London, 2014 
Solo Exhibitions: Chewed Pink Owl, Windows187 Gallery, Greenwich, London 2021 
Chewed Pink Owl, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, 2019 
Piss, Plants, Plastic, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, 2018 
Magic Control, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, 2017 
Gape, Photofusion, London, 2015 
Awards: Finalist for the Caitlin Prize and inclusion in the Catlin guide, 2015 
Photofusion development award, 2015 
Winner of the Exposure 14 award, 2014 
Finalist for Saatchi Sensations, 2014
Art for Youth, Royal College of Art, 2014
Degree show, Chelsea College, University of the Arts London, 2014

Solo Exhibitions

Chewed Pink Owl, Windows187 Gallery, Greenwich, London 2021
Chewed Pink Owl, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, 2019
Piss, Plants, Plastic, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, 2018
Magic Control, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, 2017
Gape, Photofusion, London, 2015

Awards

Finalist for the Caitlin Prize and inclusion in the Catlin guide, 2015
Photofusion development award, 2015
Winner of the Exposure 14 award, 2014
Finalist for Saatchi Sensations, 2014