Christine Ofria – shooting and printing for more than two decades – does traditional black and white hand processing of film and makes prints from modern and antique glass plate negatives. She provides individuals, amateur and professional photographers, museums, historical societies, and students a unique niche service that speaks to her love of the medium.
Indeed, as the world goes digital, Chris is one of a dwindling number of printers doing things the old way. Chris is a second generation black and white photographer and printer who knew her way around cameras and darkrooms before she turned twelve. Lab work and print production define her passion. She has a reverence for the photograph as a captured moment in history, and her goal is to create the best possible prints for posterity.
A perfectionist who is practical, accessible, and relaxed, Chris works closely with individuals and institutions to achieve desired results. She has helped photographers sort, organize, cull, print, and catalogue their work, and she has mentored students in traditional hands-on black and white printing.
Chris enjoys the variety of work that comes her way – from printing a child’s first photograph to producing a fine art museum-quality fiber print. She calls herself “a preservationist at heart, but with the new and the now as well as the truly historical.”
When Boston artist X Bonnie Woods, who documented the Salvation Army’s operations at Ground Zero, appeared at the Image Inn with a sack of negatives, Chris helped Woods distill fifty extraordinary prints from 700 exposures for a show sponsored by the German America Institute. Workers at Ground Zero – A Glimpse Behind the Scenes opened in Tübingen on the second anniversary of 9.11 and continues on tour.
Chris’s clients include photographers and independent filmmakers, as well as the New England Sports Museum, the National Heritage Museum, the Belmont and Arlington Historical Societies, fashion photographer B.C. Kagen, the Lost Theaters of Somerville, the Windsor School, and others.
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