Platinum Prints by Thaddeus Holownia, Poems by Peter Sanger

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Hand-forged iron and photography meld together to create a body of images honoring the simplicity and function of blacksmith-made objects. Making the book began when New Brunswick visual artist and printer, Thaddeus Holownia, examined a collection of nineteenth-century, blacksmith-made artifacts assembled by Peter Sanger, the Nova Scotian writer and editor. Sanger had discovered many of these artifacts where they had been cast aside, often buried on abandoned sites of farms, smithies and shipyards.

Holownia chose a number of these artifacts to study and selected seven: an axehead, a rigging eye, a spade, a pair of calipers, a ring, a launching wedge and a measuring device known as a traveller. He made photographs of these objects using 8x10 inch negatives, in black and white upon a black background against which they float, fall or climb, which they manage both to define and transcend. These images also meditate upon time, cultural change, sight, movement, stasis, containment, release and the alchemy of artistic processes.

Holownia's photographs and Sanger's poems change the crude metal of the obsolescent and rejected into elusive tangibilities of light and dark.

Ironworks Platinum

Artist Book

Ironworks with Platinum Prints

Editions 20: $4000

An Artist Book is printed Letter Press and is hand bound, containing platinum prints that have been tipped in.


IRONWORKS. Photographs by Thaddeus Holownia, poems by Peter Sanger

Trade Edition


$20.00 + shipping

32 pages with seven tri-tone reproductions (11x14"). The Anchorage Press 2001.

A Trade Edition facsimile publication. The text and photos are reproduced in Offset lithography.


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