Alison Rossiter: Expired Paper


Divided into sections that represent the breadth of Alison Rossiter’s process and vision, Expired Paper offers a comprehensive look at the artist’s body of work—Latent, Tarnish, Landscapes, Pools, Pours, Dips, Quads, and Collages. Art critic Leah Ollman has been contemplating Rossiter’s work for years, and her accompanying text serves as an ideal complement to the images: “All of the works pay homage to the rich idiosyncrasies of photographic papers across history, and restore a sanctity to the photograph as object. Made without cameras, lenses or film, the works are nothing but process and materiality. Their subject, if they can be said to have one, is time, photography’s most irreducible ingredient.” (Art in America)

The book also includes a selection of early 20th-century photographic paper packages (which the artist has collected for over 30 years) in a separate booklet.


Alison Rossiter merges traditional methods of photography with more experimental techniques in her work with gelatin-silver-based photography, using a labor-intensive darkroom process that allows ample opportunity for chance. Working directly with expired photographic papers, she reduces the medium to its minimal components, revealing the qualities inherent in paper to produce subtle, abstract compositions. Her ethereal, minimalist works are in permanent collections at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; National Gallery of Canada; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Minneapolis Institute of Art; and SITE Santa Fe, among other institutions. She has also had her work published in Art in America, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Rossiter is represented by Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.


Leah Ollman writes art criticism and features for The Los Angeles Times and Art in America magazine.