MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- Westchester Community College is hosting an exhibit of photography by New York resident Francesco Mastalia featuring his work photographed in the Hudson Valley with his large format, wood camera.
The exhibit, which is running through July 31, is at WCC's Center for the Arts at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Fridays 9-11:30 a.m.
Mastalia, a resident of Warwick in Orange County, is a photographer, author, instructor and lecturer of photography who has traveled the world photographing tribal, religious, spiritual, and indigenous people. His book "Dreads" published by Workman Artisan is a photo documentary on the history of dreadlocks.
The exhibit is a photo-documentary on organic farmers. Mastalia visited 100 farmers specializing in organic production. He documented the individuals at the helm of the growing sustainable, local food movement. The work blends organic/sustainable farming with the historic photographic process of wet plate collodion, which dates back to 1851 and Mastalia refers to the method as “part alchemy and part art.”
The process of taking and developing pictures on glass plates has remained relatively unchanged since its inception much like the time-honored traditions of the farmers he photographed.
Mastalia book, "Otganic Farmers & Chefs of the Hudson Valley," is being published by powerHouse Books. The 224-page hardcover book will be released in September.