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Born: Claudia Eve Kunin 
Dates:  1954, 24 August -
Born:  US, CA, Los Angeles
Active:  US
Contemporary photographer working with anaglyphs, images that appear three-dimensional when viewed with blue/red glasses.

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Artist Statement
In late March 2006, the morning before visiting the island of Lindisfarne, also known as Holy Island, I had a revelatory dream. The dream was later confirmed in waking life.....I was to follow a new path, barefoot......upon “Holy Ground”. I came back to America knowing that I was ready to commence a new series called “Holy Ghosts”. I studied Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks. A good soaking in Caravaggio, Rubens and Hieronymous Bosch paintings followed. I read parts of the Bible, and Dante’s Inferno, as well as Daniel Defoe’s “The Secrets of the Invisible World Disclosed”. I was in pursuit of recreating iconic stories that have been told since the birth of Western Civilization. There is a long standing history of art as a transcendental experience. Using “virtualizing lenses” isn’t a new idea. It has been a way to materialize the enrapture an unwitting audience, and convince them there is evidence of a life unseen. I have experienced many profound coincidences in pursuit of each image. The meaning is clear. I must continue to make these images......I am being called to do so......
Claudia Kunin, 2007
Background to the Holy Ghost Stories
The groundwork for the 3D Holy Ghost Stories was laid many centuries ago, when the Jesuits invented the projection of images. They used this mysterious magical apparatus to convince people that miracles do indeed exist. Much of art has been used to communicate to the people a sense of awe and fear, so they could be more easily manipulated.
With the invention of photography came a tool that was the closest yet to imitating nature perfectly. Stereo photography followed closely on the heels of the daguerreotype. Then in 1858, Charles d’Almeida projected stereoscopic images using magic lanterns filtered with red and green, and provided the audience with red and green glasses, creating 3D images for an astonished audience. Louis Ducos DuHauron, exploring the principles of color, was the first to filter black and white film with red, yellow, and blue filters, creating a three color separation. He was to dub the red/green process the “anaglyph”. It was the closest replication of nature color, and three dimensional!
The “3D Holy Ghost Stories” utilize the anaglyphic method to create a visual space where the natural and the supernatural collide.....bringing a sense of awe to those who don the 3D glasses. The “Holy Ghosts” are a montage of photographs, all of which I have taken. These images are then knitted together, opening the door for the viewer to reconsider various traditional narratives.
The composite images in the series are portals, thresholds between this world and the “other”. They tell tales that bring us to the nexus of fear and faith, reuniting us with popular ideas whose threads have run through Western civilization for millenia. A new realm of the deep occult is created, allowing the viewer to experience a rich and ambiguous space.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Oregon, 1976
Solo exhibitions
2008 3D Holy Ghost Stories, Modern Book Gallery, Palo Alto, California
2008 3D Holy Ghost Stories, 3D Center of Art & Photography, Portland, Oregon
2005 3D Ghost Stories, Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles, California
2004 Ghost Stories 2, The Daguerreian Society, Newport, Rhode Island
2003–2004 Ghost Stories, Michael Dawson Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2003 The God Bless America Road Show, Bergamot Cafe, Santa Monica, California
2003 Revenant, Abilene Center for the Arts, Abilene, Texas
2001 Revenant, Michael Dawson Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2000 Journey, Roark Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1999 Innocence, Roark Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1991 Living Legends, The Largo, Los Angeles, California
1984 Claudia Kunin, Los Angeles Center for Photography, Santa Monica, California
Group exhibitions
2008 Spirituality in Art, Tillie Arts Center, Marfa, Texas
2008 The 3D Show, Black Maria Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2007 Basel-Miami Art Fair, AIPAD Show, Miami, Florida
2007 City of Secrets, The Rec Center Studio, Los Angeles, California
2007 Large Scale 3D images, N.S.A./I.S.U. conference, Boise, Idaho (First Place Winner)
2007 Representing Representation VIII Biennial, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, New York
2006 Ghosts in the Machine, SF Cameraworks, San Francisco, California
2006 Noble Processes, in a Digital Age, John Stevenson Gallery, New York, New York
2005 New Art: Redefining the Photograph, John Stevenson Gallery, New York, New York
2004–2005 Eye of the Camera, Five Viewpoints, Platt Gallery, University of Judaism, Los Angeles, California
1999–2000 Millenia, Perfect Exposure Gallery, Los Angeles, California  
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