An award winning fine art photographer, Wendy Paton was in the throes of a successful, ground breaking career training and driving Standardbred race horses in New York, when in 1981, her interest in photography emerged. She studied at the International Center of Photography in New York, learned the intricacies of night photography from Michael Kenna, and darkroom printing techniques from her mentor and collaborator, master printer Chuck Kelton.

VISAGES DE NUIT is a collection of black and white candid night portraits, shot over a six-year period from 2006-2012 in various international cities. Paton created this series of nocturnal images, exploring the mystery of the night and bringing the viewer into her subject’s nighttime world. Their dark, gritty characteristics purposely convey Paton’s interpretation of the surreal quality of life at night, and what is hiding behind what we normally view as reality.

Visages de Nuit visually documents a contemporary vision of ‘portraits,’ a creative portrayal of what the artist observes through her camera’s lens.

The execution of this work, size of prints, the choice to use black and white film, and the conscious style of printing in a traditional darkroom, were all vital in allowing Paton to produce this exhibition of gelatin silver photographs with the desired strong, emotional impact.

This project is curated and organized by Lisa Tremper Hanover, Director and CEO of the Michener Art Museum.

Wendy Paton: Nuit Blanche is generously supported by an anonymous friend of the Museum in honor of Padmini and Rajan.


Exhibition support is provided by Jay and Barbara Belding, with additional support from Sandra and Conrad Leon.

In-kind support is provided by Brilliant Graphics and Paris Framemakers.