In 1864, Matthew Brandt recreates George N. Barnard’s 19th century images of a devastated, post-Sherman Atlanta. Using source imagery housed at the Library of Congress, he makes new albumen photographs from Barnard’s images. Fortifying the foundational ingredients of the 19th-century albumen print — egg whites, silver nitrate, and salt — with peaches, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter, Brandt plays with external assumptions about the South, at the same time revealing a complex understanding of the complicated history his project explores.
• "Matthew Brandt’s approach to photography is both process and conceptually driven, an approach shared with a diverse group of photo artists such as Marco Breuer, Alison Rossiter, John Chiara, and Chris McCaw, all of whom were included in the exhibition Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography at the Getty in 2015." - Saint Lucy
• "The book layout and overall design feels like a tribute to some traditional books and methods, from the book cloth to the size to the layout. I think personally it really sets the tone for the images and the subject matter." - Float Magazine
• "1864 is printed with a full range of tones and a varnish-like layer that adds depth to the images. I applaud Yoffy Press for taking on this project and making the book a well-crafted and presented work. The linen cover evokes a sentiment that fits the time period of the original work, and adds a textural layer of meaning to the presentation of Brandt’s images." - F-Stop Magazine
• "Los Angeles photographer, Matthew Brandt, is a bit of a rock star in the photography world, challenging our ideas about photographic materials. His methodologies where process and subject matter are stirred up into whole new ways of seeing and thinking about the image, open the door to possibility." – Lenscratch