Is EXTENDING Photography

All Artwork on this website is Copyrighted by Bill Fink 2024

Over forty years ago I started developing what I now call Time and Matter Photography; pictures made entirely of nearly any material or matter. Unlike conventional photography using silver halide or inkjet, Time and Matter Photography creates a historical, collectible artifact that possess the emotional, or spiritual based on the matter used. Pictures can be made entirely from the ashes of a loved one, hair, soil, or nearly any material. allowing ideas to be turned into photographic art that is defined in part by the material itself. A Time and Matter Picture can be made of the actual subject using the subjects own matter that is DNA/Biological, Geological, Chemical, or even products which makes photography extremely special.

My future artwork will include a series of pictures I took in Israel in 1981, but will be made entirely of soil from Israel.

The Birth of Photography

The Earliest surviving Photograph is held by the Henry Ransom Center at
the University of Texas

Click here to visit Henry Ransom Center


  • The Niépce Heliograph was made in 1827

  • It is the earliest photograph produced with the aid of the camera obscura known to survive today!



  •  In December 1827, Daguerre met Niépce in Paris.

  • In 1829, Niépce suggested to Daguerre that they create a partnership to contribute to the development of the invention of heliography. A contract was signed between them in December 1829. After Niépce’s death in 1833, Daguerre kept researching and later invented the daguerreotype, a photographic process which was easier to make, and the exposure times were only of a few minutes. The daguerreotype became a success and made Daguerre world famous.

  • WIKIPEDIA NOTES: The physautotype (from French, physautotype) was a photographic process, invented by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce and Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre in 1832

  • Daguerre introduced the daguerreotype process to the public on August 19, 1839, at a meeting of the French Academy of Sciences in Paris. Later that year, Daguerre and Niépce’s son sold the rights for the daguerreotype to the French government and published a booklet describing the process.

Time and Matter Photography

Time and Matter Photography began in the late 1980’s. In 1991 the picture of Bob Christensen was made from his cremated ashes. Bob died of AIDS.