Building a Community of Photography Collectors
Facilitating Connections with Artists
Fostering Enduring Relationships
My name is Joe Eastman (WJ Eastman) and I am the Founder of GALLERY5X7, a site dedicated to connecting artists with a collecting community by creating a trusted channel to market handcrafted, alternative process photography. Please take a few moments to explore the site – I hope you will find something of interest and value in the community we are building!
The path that led me to the creation of GALLERY5X7 may not be typical of many other gallery owners. Many who are connected to me via Linkedin or other social media portals may be aware of my background in medicine (dermatology) and in pharmaceutical medical affairs. My professional credentials and experience gained over 25+ years are hard won – I am certainly proud of my career trajectory and achievements in support of patients with dermatologic disease.
What many of my friends and connections may not be aware of is my creative passion – the creation and collection of handcrafted, alternative process photography. Some of you who know me personally know that I have been making silver gelatin photographic prints in my darkroom for over 35 years. More recently, I have begun to explore alternative process photography (which curiously, in a digitally-consumed world, includes silver gelatin prints!). In addition to the creation of b&w silver gelatin prints from film and digital captures, I now primarily contact print from paper negatives – a process that allows me to incorporate texture into my b&w printing in a fresh and innovative way.
In addition to my personal alternative process photography work, my creative energies now also focus on the establishment and support of GALLERY5X7. Though the site was only formally established in the Summer of 2019 (but in concept and early development for at least a year prior to that), I am not a newcomer to the photography gallery world. I previously founded PrimaryExposure, a successful online gallery dedicated (though no longer available) to the promotion of new and emerging digital photographers. My interest in the creation and collection of alternative process photography, combined with my previous experience building a successful and trusted online community and photography gallery, are the foundations on which GALLERY5X7 is built. Please read my blog posts “An Introduction” and “What Does It Mean To Be Represented By GALLERY5X7?” for more detail on my vision for the site and for our community.
Whether you are a creator or collector of photography, GALLERY5X7 offers many benefits. If you find value in the community we are building, please consider joining us by entering your email address in the footer below and clicking “Subscribe.” Please post your comments on the site and feel free to contact me directly about representation (both creators and collectors) at WJEASTMAN@GALLERY5X7.COM.
WJ Eastman, MD