Jane Olin has lived and worked as a photographer in California’s Monterey Bay area for over twenty-five years. She learned the skills of straight photography and the tenets of the historic Group f/64 from the assistants and students of Ansel Adams. She has participated in workshops with many prestigious photographers including Ruth Bernhard, John Sexton, Joyce Tenneson, Brian Taylor, Martha Casanave, Holly Roberts, and Christopher James.
Although these experiences were influential, Olin has evolved a distinctly personal vision. She works in series of related images, a practice that allows for extended explorations of a single idea or subject. Over the past several years she has developed a series of one-of-a-kind gelatin silver process prints, which she enlarges and prints on archival paper using the digital process. In addition, she founded Salon Jane, a group of six established photographers who exhibit as a group, and come together to discuss their work and support each other’s artistic development.
Olin’s most recent solo exhibition, Jane Olin: Beyond My Reasonable Self was exhibited at the Triton Museum of Art from November 2017 to February 11, 2018, and Salon Jane members will be featured in a group exhibition at the Monterey Museum of Art in September 2018. Olin’s work is in the collections of the Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, the Museum of Photographic Art in San Diego, as well as the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, and the Beinecke Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
I am inspired by Japanese aesthetics—its emphasis on the beauty found in nature, in simplicity, in the imperfect and the transient, and in the values of grace and subtlety. I work with silver gelatin process prints, composing an image by using photographic chemicals in a non-traditional way. Each print is the result of the negative, the gifts of chance, and a succession of my moment-by-moment choices.
There are no rules
That is how art is born
How breakthroughs happen.
Go against the rules or ignore the rules.
That is what invention is about.