Developer Trays as Portraits

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There’s a certain beauty to the battered trays used by photographers when developing images, as each happens to be a window into the world of the artist who used them. Photographer John Cyr has called this to everyone’s attention with his new book, “Developer Trays” and the coinciding exhibition at Brooklyn’s powerHouse Arena gallery. Cyr photographed the trays of over 80 influential artists—from Ansel Adams to Sally Mann—with each photo serving as a genuine fingerprint for the artist whose tray sits within the frame.