Laurie Beck Peterson - Contemporary Works Using 19th Century Historic Photo Processing

The event was held on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

Laurie Beck Peterson works in 19th Century historic processes. She will present her contemporary alternative photo process pieces from two bodies of work. Gum bichromate works from Visible Obscured, and cyanotypes works on paper and tree stumps from We All Fall Down. In addition, she will share recent eco-friendly plant-based explorations of anthotypes and chlorophyll prints.

Laurie Beck Peterson is an alternative Process photographer primarily working in gum bichromate, cyanotype and platinum palladium. Her current work focuses on cyanotype on ash wood stumps and she has recently started using the sustainable processes of anthotype and chlorophyll printing.

Most of her images are film-based, using a Holga or pinhole camera. Currently, Laurie teaches alternative process photography at Tyler School of Art + Architecture. It is there that she started a collaborative project between photo and architecture students to build a giant walk-in camera obscura on wheels. Her most recent project, We All Fall Down, began at the Schuykill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in many private and public collections.


Westminster Presbyterian Church

Driving to and from Westminster Presbyterian Church. Care must be taken when driving to and from the church, since it is adjacent to US 202 (on the southbound side) and this is a busy road with lots of fast-moving traffic. Traveling to the church from West Chester and the northern side. Drive south on High Street or US 202 Southbound. After passing Stetson Middle School on the right, be aware that West Pleasant Grove Road is the very next right-hand turn after the jug handle at the Stetson light (about 500 yards down). Slow down as you come to this turn, then make a right and then a left into the church parking lot. Traveling to the church from the south side. Option 1: You can come north on US and turn left into West Pleasant Grove Road but there is no light there and it’s a dangerous turn and not recommended. Option 2: Come north on US 202 and make a left onto Route 926, Street Road. Drive on 926 for 0.9 miles, make a right on South New Street, drive 0.6 miles, make a right on West Pleasant Grove Road, drive 0.8 miles and make a right into the church parking lot. Parking and entering the church. The church is a large facility and there are many entrances. We need to enter via the main entrance, which is a large feature of the church with a stone portico. You can’t miss it. Park anywhere near there; there are plenty of spaces. Please do not park in any restricted spaces. Leaving the church. To travel south, you can leave the church lot and travel south on US 202. Merge carefully! To travel north, note that you can NOT make a left onto US 202 northbound. You must do one of the following. Option 1: Travel South on US 202 to Route 926, then make a left and use the shopping center parking lot to change directions to the northbound road. Option 2: Leave the parking lot by turning left on West Pleasant Grove Road, then make a right on South New Street. New Street will take you north through the WCU campus and into West Chester. (Make a right on Rosedale to get back to High Street.)

Westminster Presbyterian Church
10 W. Pleasant Grove Rd.
West Chester, PA 19382

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