Cibachrome Portraits

When Mindy was at MIT studying architecture, Cibachrome photography was in its infancy. It was a process in which you would put exposed paper into a dark barrel to process a photographic image. At Mindy’s disposal there was an old piece of equipment that used to be used to produce magazine photos. The piece was about fifteen feet long and weighed about three tons. Mindy set up a backdrop (using a checkerboard and Scientific American cover) and posed her friends on the machine, asking them to move to a timer in a direction she chose. Then, she played with the photo paper and images by stopping parts of them in the negative, over bleaching other parts, scratching on the surfaces, and in one case, introducing a collage. In that way, she produced these five one-of-a-kind pieces.