Positive Exposures: Faces of Change in Niagara Falls by James Abbondanza (2024)


Image: Portraits of Edyta Chorostkowska (L) and Saladin Allah (R), ferrotype photograph on tin, each measures 5 x 7 inches. Courtesy of the artist. © James Abbondanza


Positive Exposures: Faces of Change in Niagara Falls by James Abbondanza


This project highlights the transformative contributions of individuals in the Niagara Falls community, focusing on leadership, entrepreneurship, and positive outlooks. Through the lens of the historic wet plate collodion photographic process, these portraits capture the essence of change-makers who are shaping the region’s future. The wet plate collodion process, a cornerstone of early photography invented in the mid-1800s, involves coating tin or glass plates with light-sensitive chemicals, exposing them while wet, and developing them on-site to reveal a one-of-a-kind image. In contrast to the immediacy of digital photography, this method is a slow and intentional art form that yields distinctive, tactile results. Each individual who sat for a project portrait embarked on a journey through a process that has profoundly impacted the course of human history.

Exhibit Location

2nd Floor Passageway Gallery

617 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

Exhibit Dates

June 14, 2024 – June 29, 2024


Free to the public

Exhibit Times

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
By appointment
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.