Thomas Hager is constantly pushing the boundaries of the photographic medium using historic photography processes, painting techniques and the latest photographic technology. With his visual explorations of time and beauty, Hager continues to pay homage to art history while creating original photographic innovations.
Hager works with cyanotype and kallitype processes, vintage printing processes in which chemicals are mixed and hand-coated onto fine papers or fabrics. Large negatives, which match the size of the final image, are then contact printed requiring Hager to work intimately with the creation of each piece.
“My investigation of this vintage process has not only increased my life long exploration of the medium of photography but has helped make a profound statement for my subject matter.”
Hager’s work is featured in permanent and private collections nationally and internationally including: the Maine Museum of Art, the Mobile Museum of Art, the Federal Reserve Bank, Atlanta, Four Seasons, Caesar’s Palace, Ivanka Trump and Gérard Lévy.
AWARDS and GRANTS:
2003 4th Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy 2nd prize – photography (John Spike, Barabra Rose)
2003 Texas National 2003, Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX (Jerry Uelsmann)
2003 Art Ventures Grant, The Community Foundation, Jacksonville, Florida
1999 Texas National ‘99, Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas. (James McGarrell)
1997 4th Annual, The Art of Photography, Armory Art Center, West Palm Bch.,FL. (Arthur Mejame)
1996 Fifth Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Southern Art, Huntsville Museum of Art, Purchase Award (Lois Tarlow).
Southeastern Juried Exhibition, Mobile Museum of Art, Purchase Award (Donald Knaub).
Fostering Vitality in the Arts Grant, The Community Foundation, Jacksonville, FL.
1995 The Boca Raton Museum of Art 44th Annual All Florida Juried Exhibition (Jan van derMarck)
Orlando Museum of Art Biennial Juried Exhibition (Donna Harkavy).
Photographer’s Forum Magazine, 15th Annual Spring Photography Contest (Neil Cambell).
1994 Gulf Coast Art Museum Biennial, Purchase Award (Michael Auping).