was founded by John Matkowsky who has a thirty year reputation
as a fine art black and white printer in Los Angeles. Mentored by
Master Printer Tom Consilvio, John learned the finesse of the fine
artistic print while working on the images of Gary Winogrand, William
Claxton, Phil Stern and many other renowned artists such as Michel Comte, Horace
Bristol, Jo Ann Callis, Catherine Opie, Edward S. Curtis and, most
recently, Ansel Adams.
formed drkrm in 2005 where he continues the tradition of fine
art printing. drkrm is a black & white lab dedicated to the
highest quality of hand processing and fine printing, specializing
in traditional, silver-gelatin printing and film processing nearly
lost in today’s digital age. All work is hand processed to
your specs for the highest quality available for portfolio or exhibition.
drkrm gallery specializes in documentary and photo-journalistic
work, cutting edge and alternative photographic processes and the
display and survey of popular cultural images both current or historic.
For the past 8 years drkrm has presented a superb and continuous
array of exceptional exhibits, specializing in more under-the-radar,
counterculture presentations. As curator, Matkowsky has never been
afraid of unspoken issues; some shows were immensely stimulating
while profoundly poignant, others were compelling, powerful, heart-rending,
and even transforming in their relevance.
spectacles have include edgy oddities a la Beefcake
Mid-Century Vernacular Nudes, and Haunted
Hacienda, a study of the art of the Mexican horror film.
Taboo and alternative subjects like ghosts,
queer history, cell
phone photography, prostitution,
the developmentally disabled,
the Edgar Allan Poe films of Roger
Corman, cult filmmaker Donald
Cammell and the LA Punk
scene have also been explored.
drkrm has received a city proclamation from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
for the SILENCE = DEATH,
ActUp LA exhibit. The gallery has also received excellent acclaim
in the press with numerous articles and write-ups. In one glowing
review from the national magazine JUXTAPOZ,
Matkowsky was called a “visionary” for his edgy, dramatic
drkrm has launched many unknown artists as well as exhibited many
famous ones. Photographers showcased have included Anthony
Friedkin, the 3D work of Jack Laxer,
Scot Sothern, Philip
Fagan, music photographer Travis
Shinn, Ryan Herz, Don
Jim, Jeff Seltzer, Paul
Zone and Gronk.
has presented group exhibitions featuring work by Louis
Romano Bhimani, Ginger
Gerald Mocarsky, Paul Groh, Lauren
Thompson, James Stiles
Sjöström. drkrm has also hosted performance events,
including Michael Kearns intimacies.
occasionally review new submissions. For consideration, please look
over our site carefully and be sure that your work is compatible
with our program. We will not be able to accommodate artists who
stop by the gallery without an appointment. Send a link to your
website or send several jpegs that represent your work. We are currently
seeking photo-journalistic and documentary based work with an emphasis
on historic or culturally relevant themes. We regret that we cannot
respond to every submission.
Adrian Ravanour, PhD