Alan Vlach is a fine art photographer with a deep commitment to the traditional darkroom while fully embracing new technologies. He works extensively with digital enlarged negatives and historical processes as well as digital printmaking.
In 1999 he began a formal study of the medium with George DeWolfe. Since then, he has attended workshops with Marilyn Bridges, George Tice, Tillman Crane, Brenton Hamilton, Sean Kernan, Mark Nelson, Josephine Sacabo, Paul Taylor and Lewis Kemper. In 2004 – 2005 he attended the Certificate Program at Rockport College. In 2006 he began capturing images digitally, working in Photoshop to create enlarged negatives and positives for use in historical processes including platinum/palladium, kallitype, salted paper, cyanotype and, most recently, photopolymer gravure.
He has been teaching at the Maine Media Workshops since September 2007.
Alan resides in Trenton and Portland, Maine.
Stones – 2005 Golden Light Award Landscape Honorable Mention
Organics - 2005 Golden Light Award Landscape Honorable Mention
Thin Ice #8 – 2007 Louisville Art Association National Juried Photography Show
Wheatpaste #11- 2010 STRASSENKUNST: An international exhibition inspired by graffiti
Outcrop, Caineville, Utah – 2011 SOHO Photo Gallery’s 7th Annual Juried Alternative Processes Competition
Stars – 2012 WINTER A Smith Gallery
600 Reno Highway - 2012 ON THE ROAD:TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY PhotoPlace Gallery
Closed, See You Next Year - 2012 THE FOUR SEASONS PhotoPlace Gallery
Connecticut River, Brattleboro Vermont - 2012 THE FOUR SEASONS PhotoPlace Gallery
Break Time, New Orleans - 2012 ALTERNATIVE PROCESSES EXHIBITION The Center for Fine Art Photography
Grain Elevator, Reed Point Montana - 2013 ANOTHER WAY OF SEEING New Orleans Photo Alliance
Dawn, Ely Nevada – 2013 THE EDGES OF NIGHT:DAWN AND DUSK PhotoPlace Gallery
Croaker – 2013 JULY A Smith Gallery
Surf Ruby Beach – 2013 MOUNTAINS AND SEA PhotoPlace Gallery
Individual and Group Shows:
Southwest Harbor Public Library 2006
Ellsworth Public Library 2007
John Edwards Gallery 2008
Blue Hill Congregational Church 2009
Center for Maine Contemporary Art – Photographing Maine: Ten years Later 2010
Courthouse Gallery – Four Photographers 2011
Portland Museum of Art – Between Past and Present: The Winslow Homer Studio Project 2012-2013
St. Lawrence Center for the Arts – Salt on the Road 2013
Center for Maine Contemporary Art – Mentor: 40 Photographers / 40 Years 2013
PhoPa Gallery – Focus on Faculty: Photographers at MMW+C, Rockport 2013