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Alyssa Salomon

Biography

Since receiving a camera on her eighth birthday, Alyssa C. Salomon has been testing how photography collects and remakes her favorite parts of the world.  She has been employing nineteenth century photographic chemistries on handmade surfaces for more than a decade to exploit their inherent potential for romantic abstraction and physical control.  Her solo exhibition “The Handmade Print,” was on view at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in conjunction with FotoFest International, spring 2012.  Salomon’s work is in a number of public and private collections including those of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and The Valentine Richmond History Center; has been recognized with awards including two VMFA Professional Artist Fellowships, exhibited nationally and in Europe, and reproduced in print.  Salomon apprenticed with daguerreotypist Bob Shlaer, and holds degrees from Kenyon College (BA) and University of Chicago (MBA).  She teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University, Penland School of Crafts and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art Studio School.   She now lives and works along the Chickahominy River cypress swamp, not far from where Pocahontas saved John Smith.  Salomon is a compulsive, albeit late rising, bird watcher, a frequent kayaker, and an obsessive bread baker.