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Kerik Kouklis

Kerik is known to American and European photographers and collectors as a trailblazer in the field of wet plate collodion and platinum/palladium printing. His current work (in the exhibition) is pushes the boundaries with a fascinating blend of of old and new processes using metallic and mirrored substrates. It really must be seen to be appreciated. We are quite serious about this!

His works are held in private and corporate collections in North America and Europe and notably in the Museum of Fine Art, Houston and the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, Newcastle, Pennsylvania.


Kerik Kouklis is a photographer raised in California with a background in Geology and Music. Originally inspired by the Pictorialists and other last-century pactitioners, he is deeply involved in the work of the hand-made photograph using time-honored, even arcane processes like Wet PlateCollodion Photography and Platinum-Palladium and Gum Platinum Printing. He has been teaching some of these processes in workshops since 1997. He makes frequent use diffused focus lenses to explore obscure, little-known places and make images that can be at once calm and unsettling - often photographing in fog or very low light, giving many of his images an ethereal quality. Kerik makes good use of his large-format cameras, ranging from 8x10 inch up to 14x17 inches (this is the size of the negative or plate, made of glass in the case of the wet plate collodion process. If you have further questions about Kerik or his work, please inquire and we will be more than happy to oblige you.

pear triptych - kerik kouklis
Pears, Wet Plate Collodion Aluminotype

branch - kerik kouklis
Burnt Tree, Wet Plate Collodion Aluminotype
tree- kerik kouklis
Bridal Veil Falls, Wet Plate Collodion Aluminotype
Bridal Veil Falls - kerik kouklis
Cougar, Wet Plate Collodion Aluminotype
Skull,  Wet Plate Collodion Aluminotype - kerik kouklis
Skull,  Wet Plate Collodion Aluminotype



Selected Exhibitions

2008 Ansel Adams Gallery Yosemite – Solo Exhibit of Wet Plate Collodion Work
2008 University of Alaska, Soldotna, AK – By Hand, Wet Plate and Platinum/Palladium/Gum Prints
2007 Solo Exhibit of Wet Plate Collodion Work, Studio 391, Gualala, California
2006 Watermark Gallery, Houston, Texas
2006 The Ansel Adams Gallery, Two-person show, Yosemite, California
2005 Watermark Gallery, Houston, Texas
2004 Watermark Gallery, Houston, Texas
2004 The Ansel Adams Gallery, Two-person show, Carmel, California
2004 First Street Gallery, Group show, Boca Raton, Florida
2003 The Ansel Adams Gallery, Three-person show, Yosemite, California
2002 Group show, The Lola Gallery, San Francisco, California
2002 Group show, Michael Dawson Gallery, San Diego, California
2002 Platinum: A Rare Passion - Group show, Gallery Sink, Denver, Colorado
2000 Contact - Platinum and POP prints by Kerik Kouklis - The Darkroom Gallery, Sacramento, California
1999 "Three Thoughts on the Landscape" - Group Show, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California
1999 A Sense of Place, Photographs by Kerik Kouklis - North Light Gallery, Toronto, Canada

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