Portraits in Laser Light

Ana Maria Nicholson

Butler Institute of American Art
Youngstown, Ohio
November 23, 2008 – May 10, 2009

A holographic portrait is a unique three-dimensional image that captures the living presence of a person in light. The portraits have a vividness and wealth of detail impossible to obtain with a photograph.

A holographic portrait is recorded in a few nanoseconds with a ruby pulse laser on a holographic film. It contains a vast amplitude of information about the person as it captures reflected laser light from every direction and angle. The resulting portrait hangs on a wall with a halogen spotlight illuminating it from above.