F&D Cartier
WAIT AND SEE, 1998 to present
028 F&D Cartier _ Wait and See, #35 BYK Guldenwerke, 1960, 10x15cm.jpg

Wait and See

Wait and See  is a site-specific photographic installation uniquely created for each iteration of this project, applying photo-graphy’s fundamentals : Light & Photosensitive materials. Without camera or dark room or chemicals.

Using collected expired photosensitive materials, mainly black & white photographic papers -to this date about #850 different sorts, ranging from 1880-1980-, that have never been exposed to light before, we create original compositions within a particular exhibition space. Once the installation is unveiled, directly exposed to the natural and/or artificial light of the room, a chromatic color evolution of the b&white papers begins, with the intensity and duration of light exposure determining the gradation of hues and leaving behind visible patterns. Each single project is archived unfixed, a living process in continuous transformation. Through this more abstract approach to photography, F&D Cartier questions  the durational nature of the medium, the story that light can tell outside of the camera, the role of the human beings and of the Image in today's society.

>Français >Texte Introduction,  Musée Photographie Charleroi 

 

"WE HAD NO REMEDY BUT TO WAIT AND SEE"  DANIEL DEFOE  ROBINSON CRUSOE, 1709

A - V E N I R , 1998  first Wait and See installation

A - V E N I R , 1998 first Wait and See installation

Prix Jordi de la Photographie, Genève 1998Premier prix

Titre  A - VENIR   sujet imposé: "Le Temps d'être suisse"

Frise composée de 26 tableaux/cantons suisses de formats en rapport à leur superficie (réduit à 7 formats photo usuels), présentés par ordre alphabétique, monochromes sur différentes qualités de papier photosensible noir/blanc vierge, périmé et non traité, en développement permanent, virant selon leur propriété et en réaction avec les conditions ambiantes.

Le choix des papiers a été fait sans a priori.

Technique : 7 qualités de papier photosensible noir/blanc (Ilford et Kodak de notre stock) / 7 formats photo usuels 10x15 _ 17,8x24_ 20x25,4_ 24x30,5_ etc,. Papiers vierges sous plexiglas 5mm / exposition photochimique continue / non traités. 

Bienne, le 31 mars 1998

 

 

Metenkov's House Museum Yekaterinburg, Russia 2018

Metenkov's House Museum Yekaterinburg, Russia 2018

Invited to build up an installation with the expired Russian papers of the Museum’s archives.

"The never taken images", from series Wait and See

VIDEO INSTALLATION

METENKOVS HOUSE MUSEUM YEKATERINBURG RUSSIA 2018

METENKOVS HOUSE MUSEUM YEKATERINBURG RUSSIA 2018

Poster exhibition from March 9th - May 6th, 2018

Opening March 9th at the Metenkovs House Museum

TESTS Feb 27, 2018   Metenkovs House Museum

TESTS Feb 27, 2018 Metenkovs House Museum

....INTERVIEW TV, RUSSIA 1

VIDEO INSTALLATION

Metenkov's House Museum Yekaterinburg

Metenkov's House Museum Yekaterinburg

Wall 01,   "The never taken images", photo bumaga, 1973-1991

TIMELAPSE WHILHELM-HACK-MUSEUM

TIMELAPSE WHILHELM-HACK-MUSEUM

CLOUD, 5.09 - 5.11.2017

CLOUD, 5.09 - 5.11.2017

FAREWELL PHOTOGRAPHY

Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie  Wilhelm Hack Museum

Vitrine: Louis Vigne (F) 1831 - 1896    Djerash Jordan  1870 &  Charles Négre (F) 1820 - 1880 Petra Jordan   1871

"CLOUD" & "CASCADE" video

FAREWELL PHOTOGRAPHY   Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen.

CLOUD, 05.09 - 5.11.2017  50 different b/w papers from 6x9 to 50x60cm.

CASCADES, 05.09- 5.11.2017, Gevaert 1940 photosensitive paper roll, given by the archivist Musée de la Photographie Charleroi, 2016.

VIDEO: see works from Wolfgang Tillmans (Constellations), Max Wolf's 19th century astronomical research and Adrian Sauer's (Clouds) figure in the same space

Wilhelm Hack Museum Ludwigshafen

Wilhelm Hack Museum Ludwigshafen

View  installation day from above

"CLOUD" & CASCADE   _first day and  after a few days

Wait and See, 2017

Wait and See, 2017

Musée d'art de Pully/VD, Suisse,  15.02 - 30.04.2017

Evidences du réel. La photographie face à ses lacunes. 

Book, Edition Ithaque Paris, 2017, Pauline Martin

Installation Wait and See   F&D Cartier

*Wall right: coïncidences opening dates <> paper expiration date 15.02.2017 >< 15.02.1944

*catalogue ≠555

A.M. (Air Ministry) R.A.F. (Royal Air Force), UK, 

War surplus, Bromide, 9 x7 1/2 in.,   15.02.44

Radio Tel Suisse Romande  RTS Info culture

INTERPHOTO GRAND PRIX / FINALIST   Bialystok Light, Sep 8 - Oct 30, 2017

INTERPHOTO GRAND PRIX / FINALIST Bialystok Light, Sep 8 - Oct 30, 2017

Left wall, top line: German b/w papers, Record-Bayer & Schleussner, 1920 >>middle: Polish papers, Foton & Opta, 1950 _ 1918 >>>bottom: French & USA papers, Lumière & Kodak, 1920 _ 1950

Right wall, 16 Russian Photo Bumaga papers, ca. 1940-1970

CATALOGUE

Wait and See, Kodak..., 2017 _only K papers

Wait and See, Kodak..., 2017 _only K papers

Kunst Bezirk Stuttgart, "Get the Kodak...", 24.März-30.April, 2017

65 diverse B/B fiber-based expired Kodak papers out of our catalogue/collection

Explosion from smallest to biggest usually sold  K  papers

F&D Cartier  Wait and See 2016

F&D Cartier Wait and See 2016

Musée de la photographie à Charleroi  09.12.2015 >> 22.05.2016

Gevaert, Made in Belgium

Tribute:

Installation of 7 Gevaert papers, offered by the archivist of the Musée Charleroi, the very same day we installed. surprise...

Interview 1   en Français    Radio Television Belge

Interview audio 2  RTVB  French

 

UNFIXED: the fugitive image, 2016

UNFIXED: the fugitive image, 2016

Transformer Station Cleveland Ohio, January 5 - April 3, 2016

Wait and See, Cleveland Light

click to discover more, interview

Collection Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation

Night & Day, 2015

Night & Day, 2015

Kunsthalle Berne, 11.12.2015- 24.01.2016 / Cantonale Berne-Jura

Night & Day, from series Wait and See

#424 Lumière & Jougla Réunis, Paris, Lumière C brillant- Pour tirage par contact, 1902, 11x 13 x 18 cm, uniques tirages gélatino-bromure d’argent, traités le 17.07.2015

#423 Lumière & Jougla Réunis, Paris Jougla lisse mat - Bromure par développement, 1900, 8x Cartes Postales, uniques tirages bromure d’argent, traités le 17.07.2015

#425 Lumière et Jougla Réunis, Paris, Papier Cello Lumière – A la Celloïdine pour virage au Platine, 1902, 8x 13 x 18 cm, uniques épreuves non traitées, exposées le 17.07.2015

Night & Day, 2015

Night & Day, 2015

Kunsthalle Berne, 11.12.2015- 24.01.2016 / Cantonale Berne-Jura

Night & Day, from series Wait and See

#423 Lumière & Jougla Réunis, Paris, Jougla lisse mat - Bromure par développement, 1900, 8x Cartes Postales, uniques tirages bromure d’argent, traités le 17.07.2015

   Night &amp; Day,     from series Wait and See   Kunsthalle Berne , 11.12.2015-24.01.2016 _ detail  #423 Lumière &amp; Jougla Réunis, Paris, Jougla lisse mat - Bromure par développement, 1900, 8x Cartes Postales, uniques tirages bromure d’argent, traités le 17.07.2015

Night & Day, from series Wait and See

Kunsthalle Berne, 11.12.2015-24.01.2016 _ detail

#423 Lumière & Jougla Réunis, Paris, Jougla lisse mat - Bromure par développement, 1900, 8x Cartes Postales, uniques tirages bromure d’argent, traités le 17.07.2015

Magenta LIGHT & Sepia LIGHT, 2016

Magenta LIGHT & Sepia LIGHT, 2016

Interlaken Museum 11. Dezember 2016 bis 29. Januar 2017

from series LIGHT, 2016  <opens pdf<

Magenta LIGHT    25 Films négatifs vierge Gevaert 1946, 18x24cm
Evolution chromatique continue à la lumière du jour. Non fixés.

Sepia LIGHT    4 plaques de verre négatif, Gevaert 1920, 4x 30x40cm, sur support en aluminium.  Evolution chromatique continue à la lumière du jour. Non fixés.

 

  Magenta LIGHT, 2016  Film négatifs vierge Gevaert 1946, 18 x 24cm,&nbsp;  détail  Evolution chromatique continue à la lumière du jour. Non fixés.

Magenta LIGHT, 2016
Film négatifs vierge Gevaert 1946, 18 x 24cm,  détail
Evolution chromatique continue à la lumière du jour. Non fixés.

   Sepia LIGHT, 2016   4 plaques de verre négatif, Gevaert 1920, 4x 30x40 cm, sur support en aluminium 100cm. Evolution chromatique continue à la lumière du jour. Non fixés.  

Sepia LIGHT, 2016
4 plaques de verre négatif, Gevaert 1920, 4x 30x40 cm, sur support en aluminium 100cm.
Evolution chromatique continue à la lumière du jour. Non fixés.
 

Wait and See, 9 - 26 Juin 2016

Wait and See, 9 - 26 Juin 2016

Swiss Photo Award Zurich, 2016

Nominated 3 Best works Fine Arts

#a few Swiss photosensitive papers

video

Wait and See

Wait and See

Blue Sky Gallery Portland, OR, March 2014

vidéo

Wait and See

Wait and See

Blue Sky Gallery Portland OR, 5 - 30 March,  2014

The never taken Images, 2014

The never taken Images, 2014

Wait and See      Kaunas Lithuania, June 27 – July 27, 2014

This project was realized with Kaunas Photography gallery’s collaboration

Deutsche Börse Prize Nomination 

Video unveiling the installation

 

What are we looking at?    Notes on Françoise and Daniel Cartier’s Wait and See series

 …With their work Wait and see f&d cartier are posing more questions about the essence of photography than providing answers. What else can a photograph be? At what point does a photograph become descriptive? When does the paper become more than just a vehicle for an image? How does context change our reading of the image, and the image itself?

f&d cartier are amongst a small group of artists whose practice truly and constantly challenges the structures of photography… .

Rudolf Scheutle, Curator at Münchner Stadtmuseum, Germany

 

Time Will Tell      The art of f & d cartier

…The work of f & d cartier offers a more optimistic view of transience and dematerialisation, of presence and absence. Through their art, we rediscover the temporal multi-layeredness of the photographic image, and also the magical effect of natural light interacting with light sensitive material. The artist’s concern is not to render an exact physical likeness of things, but to make visible what lies beyond that we immediately see, the hidden meanings which underline the gulf between reality and appearance.

David Drake, Director of Ffotogallery, Wales

Deutsche Börse Prize nomination 2015

Open call to photographers, 2013  tests in Nida LT

Open call to photographers, 2013 tests in Nida LT

While we were invited as artists in residence in 2013, we organized an open call to the Lithuanian Photographers’ Association, asking for some of their expired photosensitive papers to be included in a future show. By June 2014 we had gathered sixteen participants. In the period of 1940-1989, only Russian materials were available for Lithuanian photographers and we used them to create a particular site-specific installation for each individual, including Vilnius Art School and Vilnius University.

"The never taken images"   Kaunas Photo Gallery LT, 2014

"The never taken images" Kaunas Photo Gallery LT, 2014

Turtle tipe grid, 75 papers for a famous Lithuanian photographer who was 75 years old, with his own offered Photo Bumaga expired papers.

Video unveiling the installation

The never taken images, 2014

The never taken images, 2014

The never taken Images, 2014 Kaunas June 27 – July 27, 2014

Detail, Soviet’s negativ glasplates, 1960, 3x 18 x 13 cm

Video unveiling the installation

Kaunas, Lithuania   "The never taken images" 2014

Kaunas, Lithuania "The never taken images" 2014

F&D in front of the USSR glas negatives’ installation.

F&D Cartier    Wait and See, 2014

F&D Cartier Wait and See, 2014

Uno Art Space Stuttgart, September 20 - November 22, 2014

ARGENTA Installation Grid: catalogue ≠397-401 Argenta 8 München, Superpress, ca.1960   42X 1 7,8 x 24cm

Wait and See, Wiener Licht, 2014

Wait and See, Wiener Licht, 2014

Anzenberger Gallery Vienna, 2014

Cecession style

Wait and See, F&D Cartier

Wait and See, F&D Cartier

Wait and See, 2014

Wait and See, 2014

University Of Hertfordshire Galleries, St. Alban’s Museum, 31.1 - 16.3.2014

Shadows on the Wall

Shadows on the Wall

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, August 30 - November 29, 2014     

Shadows on the Wall: Cameraless Photography from 1851 to Today

Examples of the MFAH collection

THE SKY IS BLUE

THE SKY IS BLUE

Les Halles Porrentruy, 8.12.2013 - 26.01.2014

video

Leaves, 2014

Leaves, 2014

Centre d’art Pasquart, Bienne, 8.12.2013 - 19.01.2014

F&D Cartier   Wait and See 2013

F&D Cartier Wait and See 2013

Ffotogallery Turner House Cardiff  22 June - 27 July 2013 

Publication artist Book     F&D CARTIER    WAIT AND SEE

Wait and See, 2013

Wait and See, 2013

Diffusion Festival Cardiff, xx,  2013

From series Wait and See, SATURATION

VIDEO  Musée de Soleure, 2012

Kodak type III,  US Military contact paper, exp. April 1956

S A T U R A T I O N, 2012-13

S A T U R A T I O N, 2012-13

Kunst Museum Solothurn, Jahresausstellung 12.12.12 - 03.02.13

#23 Kodak, Made in Rochester, Contact type III Military Paper, Expiration date Apr. 1956  25 X 56x46cm  

Total dimension Installation 290x240cm

Video installation 


Die Installation setzt 25 lichtempfindliches Fotopapier (schwarz/weiss) und das Licht ins Zentrum, also zwei grundlegende Elemente der Fotografie. Bei dieser Rückkehr zu den Wurzeln, die ein weiterer Ausdruck für die minimalistische Ausrichtung des Fotografenpaares ist, bewirkt die ausgeklügelte Art, wie die Bilder aufgehängt sind, ein Aufleben der Erinnerung an alte Fotopapiere mit unterschiedlichen Gradationen und Qualitäten. Das wird erreicht, indem das Fotopapier dem im Ausstellungsraum vorhandenen Licht ausgesetzt wird. Im subtilen Zusammenspiel mit dem Raum setzt die chromatische Veränderung der Fotopapiere ein: Je nach deren Zusammensetzung und der Art des Lichteinfalls verfärben sich die ebenen Oberflächen mit der Zeit nach dem (Licht-) Zufallsprinzip. Will der Betrachter die progressive Sättigung der Papiere mitverfolgen, muss er sich in Geduld üben und innehalten, um den latenten Prozess zu beobachten – der punktuelle Blick trägt dazu bei, den Vorgang mit Sinn zu füllen. Mit dieser Inszenierung gelingt es f&d cartier, auf zugleich nachdrückliche und einfache Weise ein Dispositiv zu erstellen, das die gelebte Zeit nachzeichnet. Von der gelebten, vergangenen Zeit zeugen einzig die Exponate, die nun mit abstrakten Nuancen bedeckt sind.
 

JOURNEES PHOTO BIENNE, 2011

JOURNEES PHOTO BIENNE, 2011

Le temps fait son œuvre Festival theme

Wait and See, 2011

Behind the title “Wait and See” lies an earlier project entitled “A-venir. Le temps d’être suisse” (1998). The updated performance at the Neuhaus Museum (Biel/Bienne) places black and white photosensitive paper and light – two fundamentals of the discipline – at the centre of its process. ...

Kodak Velox, 1940's

Kodak Velox, 1940's

from series Wait and See, 1998 - present,  30 days and one day exposure, November 13th, 2011

catalogue #10 Kodak fabriqué en France, Velox D  VDG-5  Brillant  Extra Dur, expired about 1940's, 64x90mm

 

Société Lumière Paris/Lyon, 1915

Société Lumière Paris/Lyon, 1915

from series Wait and See, 1998 - present,

Exposure test  12.2015, perpetual chromatic evolution, unfixed

#29 Société Lumière,  Paris/Lyon

Brillant force papier, expired 1915, 9 x 12 cm

Mimosa AG, Dresden, 1913

Mimosa AG, Dresden, 1913

from series Wait and See, 1998 - present

Exposure test  26 janvier 2015, unprocessed, unfixed

#572 Mimosa AG, Dresden

Celloidin-Papier, Matt - Dünn, 9x12cm, expired 1913

Lumière, Paris/Lyon, 1911

Lumière, Paris/Lyon, 1911

from series Wait and See, 1998 - present

Exposure test  30.08.2011, unfixed

#30 Lumière Paris/Lyon

Lugda Gaslight, 7 x 11 cm, expires 1911

Remington Rand, Elmira, NY., March 1949

Remington Rand, Elmira, NY., March 1949

from series Wait and See, 1998 - present,

Exposure test  29.03.2013, archived unfixed

#115 Remington Rand, Elmira, NY.

Feather weight, 81/2 x 11 inches, Exp MAR 1949

 

Tellko Fribourg, Suisse,  1960

Tellko Fribourg, Suisse, 1960

from series Wait and See, 1998 - present,

Exposure test  31.01.2017, unfixed

#31 Tellko, Fribourg CH, Lonex brillant, expired 1960, 10 x 15 cm

 

 

Archive F&DC   photo-bumaga, Russian papers

Archive F&DC photo-bumaga, Russian papers

The never taken Images, Kaunas 2014

Examples of PHOTO BUMAGA (Russian papers) offered by 16 Lithuanian photographers ++ Vilnius University, Vilnius Art School, that we installed according to each "individualities" subjective perception.

Deutsche Börse Prize nomination 2015