David Sokosh is a photographer based in Claverack, NY. He creates photographs using the 19th Century processes of cyanotype and Wet-Plate Collodion (tintype). He also makes Photographic Artist Books using Cyanotype. His current project: Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon) a limited edition, hand-made book and a set of limited edition portfolio prints, all printed with cyanotype (no ink involved). Ongoing projects include: Curiosities Visual records created as a celebration of American Material Culture during an exploration of still-life as portrait/self-portrait; John Rogers in the 21st Century: Contemporary Issues Seen Through a 19th Century Lens (also a cyanotype book) and Objectified: Exploitation, Appropriation and Self-Objectification (of the male figure) on the Internet
Sokosh says: "There is something mysterious and magical for me in older technologies and objects. They influence my whole life. It's not a yearning for the past. I'm not trying to get back to an imagined better, simpler, time but working to bring great things and ideas from the past into the present. In one of my earliest memories, I must have been three or four years old, I am clutching a 78 record and carrying it around like a toy. I didn't love it because of the song recorded on it, the song is long forgotten, but because it was old. An outdated technology. Different than regular things. Different from what other people wanted."
Raised in Bethel, Connecticut, Sokosh began taking pictures at an early age. He holds a BA in Photography from WCSU and received a 20x24 studio grant from the Polaroid Corporation. He has studied with Mary Virginia Swanson, Ted Orland, Lothar Osterburg and Eric Taubman/Penumbra. He worked in New York City as client liaison at Kelton Labs and was gallery director at Underbridge Pictures in DUMBO.
A study of the relationship between power lines and architecture was published as the book "Provincetown Lines”. His reportage series “Gay 90’s” was exhibited as part of the Magnum Festival.
He was comissioned by The New York Time to create tintypes to accompany the article “This Just in from the 1890’s"
The Times also ran “The Making of a Tintype” which details his process. Find two links in the sentences above to see the fashion pictures and the slide show about making tintypes.
Most recently his images have been included in: The 13th Annual Self-Published Photobook Show at Davis-Orton Gallery and The Griffin Museum of Photography, Hudson, NY/Winchester, MA; Exposure 2022 at PRC Boston (review in the Boston Globe); Turning the Gaze: The Male Nude at Equity Gallery NYC; Time Lapse-Contemporary Analog Photography at Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT; Mortals, Saints & Myths at Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY; Winter Solstice at the Griffin Museum; Views of Antiquity, Shaping the Classical Ideal at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, FL and 2020 Member’s Show at The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY.
Sokosh is represented by Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY.
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Image: Self Portrait with Assistant, 2020
All images and text © 2005-2023 by David Sokosh
Born - 1963, American
Western Connecticut State University, Bachelor of Arts, 1989
Ted Orland - The Zone System
Mary Virginia Swanson - Finding Your Audience and Career Options in
Lothar Osterburg - Photogravure
Eric Taubman/Penumbra - Wet-Plate Collodion
Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon) a limited edition, hand-made book and a set of limited edition portfolio prints, printed with cyanotype (no ink involved).
Ongoing projects include: Curiosities Visual records created as a celebration of American Material Culture during an exploration of still-life as portrait/self-portrait; John Rogers in the 21st Century: Contemporary Issues Seen Through a 19th Century Lens (also a cyanotype book) and Objectified: Exploitation, Appropriation and Self-Objectification (of the male figure) on the Internet #AllPhotosUsedWithoutPermission
2023 13th Annual Self Published Photobook Show
Davis-Orton Gallery + Griffin Museum of Photography
Karen Davis and Crista Dix jurors.
2022 Exposure 2022 Juried Exhibition. Catherine Edelman juror.
FPAC Gallery + PRC Boston.
Turning the Gaze: The Male Nude, Equity Gallery, NYC
Photography Artist Book Initiative, Featured Artist,
Griffin Museum of Photography
2/22/22 Exhibition: Pairs and Diptychs, Lenscratch.
2021 Alternative Process, Group Show, SOHO Photo Gallery, New York, NY
Paula Tognarelli juror.
Winter Solstice, Group Show, The Griffin Museum of Photography,
2020 Member’s Show, Group Show, The Center for Photography at
Woodstock, Woodstock, NY
2019 Time Lapse - Contemporary Analog Photography, Group Show,
Shelburne Museum, VT
Mortals, Saints & Myths, Group Show, Carrie Haddad Gallery,
2019 Views of Antiquity Shaping the Classical Ideal, Group, Museum of Fine
Arts St. Petersburg, FL
2015 Steampunk, Group Show, Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts,
2014 Sintypes, Solo Show, Adam Peck Gallery, Provincetown, MA
American Tintypes, Solo Show, Robert Tat Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012 At Home Again, Solo Show, Esmond-Wright Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2009 Angels, Group Show, MDH Fine Arts, NYC
2008 Spring Juried Exhibition, Group Show, Schoolhouse Gallery.
Provincetown, MA Larry Collins, juror.
2007 Gay 90’s, Solo Show, Underbridge Pictures - Magnum Festival ‘07.
2006 Pictorialism, Solo Show, Galleria Artemisia. Provincetown, MA
2004 Provincetown Lines, Solo Show, Thanasi Gallery, Provinctown, MA
2003 Members Juried Exhibition, PAAM, Provincetown, MA
1994 Fashion in Metal, Metal in Art, Group Show, Bergdorf Goodman, NYC
1993 Colore Sfumati, Group Show, Robin Rice Gallery, NYC
1991 Transfer, Group Show, 575 Tech Square Gallery, Cambridge, MA
1990 Small Works, Group Show, Ivan Karp Juror, 80 Washington Square
1989 New Talent - New Work, Group Show, WAA, Washington Depot, CT
Feeney, Mark: Exposure 2022 Take Photography to Unexpected Places, Boston Globe, August 10, 2022
Sokosh, David: Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon), Limited Edition Artist Book, 2022
Shabott, Laura: Melding of Past & Present in Tintypes Show in Provincetown,
Wicked Local Provincetown August 14, 2014
New York Times, ThursdayStyles Cover, This Just in From the 1890’s,
Colman, David, November 11, 2009
The Making of a Tintype, The New York Times, November 11, 2009
Sokosh, David: Provincetown Lines, St. James Workshop, 2004
The Kinsey Institute
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
2022 On Seeing, Photobook Panel Discussion, Griffin Museum, Winchester, MA
19th Century Photography in the Hudson Valley:
A Conversation between photographer David Sokosh and
Executive Director Lisa Weilbacker.
Columbia County Historical Society, Kinderhook, NY
2019 Time Lapse - Contemporary Analog Photography,
Artists’ Panel with John Dugdale and Keliy Anderson Staley,
Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT
1992 Polaroid 20 x 24 Studio Grant, NYC
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY (Current)
Adam Peck Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Esmond-Wright Gallery, Provincetown, MA
MDH Fine Art, NYC
Galleria Artemisia, Provincetown, MA
Underbridge Pictures, Brooklyn, NY
Thanassi Gallery, Provincetown, MA
SoHo Triad Fine Arts, NYC