Thursday, January 28, 2010


Another artist who caught my attention at Photo LA is Alchemy Studio...actually, a collaboration of artists Carol Panaro-Smith and James Hajicek. In their extraordinary work, photogenic drawings, where plants are exposed in contact with hand-coated light sensitive paper, are combined with mixed media to produce art that is both organic and mysterious. Carol and James are dedicated advocates and instructors of antiquarian photographic printing processes, and Carol teaches both photo-based mixed media and artists' book workshops at the community college and in their  studio in Phoenix, Arizona.

Although no workshops are currently scheduled, you can keep up with Carol via her blog.

(Artwork by Alchemy Studio can be purchased through Kevin Longino, a private dealer specializing in contemporary photography.)


  1. i saw your work at the Architectural Digest Show in nyc this weekend in kevin longino's booth. i was checking out the show to see if i should put my work in the show next spring. i fell in love with your botanicals. check mine, we are 1954 sisters of botanical wonder. maggie

  2. Hi Maggie,

    I love your work as well, but I think you wanted to send this to Carol's a link to her blog: