Allison Cordner and the Silver Unicorn Project
Unicorn: A mythical species of horse that is extremely hard, if not impossible, to catch. If you do manage to capture a unicorn, you will obtain immortality. Warning! If you do catch a unicorn, don't cage it in. It will run away.
Allison Cordner is an award-winning portrait photographer and avid Harley rider. She had a dream after seeing an image by Ed Ross, a California motorcycling tintype artist. That dream propelled her to study at the Penumbra Foundation in New York City and then in West Virginia. Her in-field training there replicated the authentic photographic methods of the 1800's. Allison’s subsequent work was featured in Revolution, a popular Canadian motorcycle magazine. That was the impetus that helped launch her Silver Unicorn Project – a world-wide photographic series dedicated to documenting female motorcycle riders. The tintype pieces are fragile, one-of-a-kind and hauntingly beautiful in their imperfections. Allison believes that the fragility, spontaneity, and soulful aesthetic of this medium are perfect for the theme of women who ride motorcycles.
The Silver Unicorn Project will generate a lot of curiosity and showcase women of all backgrounds, sizes, and ages. The aim is to empower and inspire women while breaking down the stereotypes about female bikers. “Women need to try things that may scare them at first, or seem too hard. With every struggle there is a victory.” The target of the project is to have up to 500 portraits taken over the next 5 years; and then to produce a book including stories of the women.
This project is SELF FUNDED, meaning I cover all the costs including materials, travel, gaz, hotels, missed work ;). I am always actively looking for Corporate SPONSORS, DONATIONS & SUPPORT to continue this long term project. One way you can help as a participant or collector is to order prints below. I also make t-shirts, hoodies, hats, patches and stickers!
If you are an event looking to have my artwork decorating your walls get in touch with me and lets arrange shipping of the growing collection.
The very 1st Silver Unicorn Project Plate from Allison Cordner Photography on Vimeo.