Cy

 

CY Decosse brings his background of artist and art director to the art of photogaphy. His love of photography began in Florence, Italy as a Fulbright student. His learning continued as he collaborated with many of America’s best photographers in his career as an agency Art Director. Cy believes in close, intimate images that show ordinary things in a surprising new light. He paints backgrounds that “float” the subject in a world of its own. Alternative processes give his images a look that is different and approriate to the moment. He has said that his eye has always been drawn to “the little things that people miss.” Most often, these include fruit, vegetables, and flowers, which he finds at markets in the U.S. and Europe, among other places. Letting the subject of his photographs guide the process he uses to print them, DeCosse works with three principal methods: platinum, in which light-sensitive platinum salts are mixed into the emulsion that coats the paper, resulting in rich black-and-white images that seem almost three-dimensional; gum dichromate, a 19th-century technique that sits between painting and photography and that results in full color, painterly photographs; and photogravure, which crosses printmaking with photography to produce prints based on a photographic negative.