ARTIST SERIES

Bill Armstrong, After William Bell
After William Bell
Bill Armstrong, After Francis Frith, Pyramid II
After Francis Frith, Pyramid II
Bill Armstrong, After Roger Fenton
After Roger Fenton
Bill Armstrong, After Gustave Le Gray
After Gustave Le Gray
Bill Armstrong, After Atget Versailles
After Atget Versailles
Bill Armstrong, After T.E.M. and G.F. White
After T.E.M. and G.F. White
Bill Armstrong, After Felix Teybard
After Felix Teynard
Bill Armstrong, After Gustave Le Gray #2
After Gustave Le Gray #2
Bill Armstrong, After Gustave Le Gray #3
After Gustave Le Gray #3
Bill Armstrong, After Atget St. Cloud
After Atget St.Cloud
Bill Armstrong, After Atget
After Eugene Atget
Bill Armstrong, After Francis Frith, Pyramid
After Francis Frith, Pyramid
Bill Armstrong, After John Beasley Greene, 2016
After John Beasley Greene
Bill Armstrong, After Darius Kinsey
After Darius Kinsey
Bill Armstrong, After Atget #2
After Atget
Bill Armstrong, After Félix Bonfils
After After Félix Bonfils

In “After: Dreaming in Color,” Bill Armstrong imagines the history of photography as if in a dream, making color interventions into iconic photographs from the first century of photography, from the beginning up until the invention of Kodachrome.

Armstrong’s process is to transform appropriated images by re-photographing and injecting color, either digitally or manually using color filters and a light table—or a combination of both. “After: Dreaming in Color” continues the arc of Mr. Armstrong’s investigation into layering found or appropriated images that he has been pursuing since the late 1970s, first with collages made from advertising posters and then with the blurred images of his “Infinity” series for which he is known.

In his research, Armstrong has found that the standard histories of photography often somewhat arbitrarily pass over the fact that color has been around since the beginning: in Anna Atkins’ cyanotypes; in opalescent daguerreotypes; in hand–colored and sepia-toned photographs. In response to this oversight he has created his own dreamlike history of color photography. It is a reverie filled with wit, humor, and visual puns—and, as always, an eye for the contrast and harmony of color.

Work by Bill Armstrong