Last summer, when we published a Web feature about Ellen Susan's remarkable series of U.S. Soldier Portraits using the collodion wet-plate process, the project had not yet been widely seen. But now it has — to use a show-biz term — Gone Nationwide.
Exhibitions of Susan's images are making the rounds in various venues around the country. In Portland, Oregon, Susan's work will be shown alongside a Robert
Rauschenberg exhibition from July 2 through August 2 at the Blue Sky Gallery. In Savannah, Georgia, where the portraits were made, a show runs from tomorrow through July 8 at the Jepson Center at the Telfair Museum. In Boston, the work is at the Photographic Resource Center through July 1. In San Francisco, it's part of a group show of collodion work July 18 through August 28 at the Rayko Photo Center. Meanwhile, PDN has featured the work in its June issue, on newsstands now, and the Savannah-based The South Magazine published it in June/July.
"Many people realize that there's some connection with past forms of photography," Susan says of the public reaction to the project. "Lots of people bring up the visual connection to the past, particularly to the military past, and their point of view about that connection, and I like it when that happens."