Plates to Pixels was formed in 2006 (launched in 2007) to promote the creation of photography-based fine art and was established by artists, for artists. The name “Plates to Pixels” suggests the evolution of photography from the archaic wet-plate process to the new digital format of pixels and includes everything in between.

Our mission is to provide exhibition opportunities for emerging and established artists working in the photography arts. This includes, but is not limited to, the alternative photographic processes (Daguerreotype, cyanotype, platinum palladium, ferrotypes, pinhole photography, etc.), as well as traditional print processes (gelatin silver, chromogenic prints, Polaroids, etc.), and all digital photographic processes and other mixed media photo-based art. Plates to Pixels provides educational resources to the public – spanning from the birth of photography to contemporary photography trends through artist interviews, online resources, web-based exhibitions and site specific exhibitions.


Blue Mitchell is an independent publisher, curator, educator, and photographer. Based in Portland, Oregon, he has been involved with many facets of the photographic arts. Mitchell received his BFA from Oregon College of Art & Craft where he now teaches studio school classes and workshops. He has curated and juried several photography exhibitions, created an online photography gallery (platestopixels.com), and launched a fine art photography annual called Diffusion: Unconventional Photography. Mitchell recently served on the Board of Directors for Newspace Center for Photography. In his personal work he implements many photographic techniques including toy cameras, pinhole, alternative processes, mixed media, and hand drawing. Most recently Mitchell has been specializing in Acrylic Lifts. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S.

Mitchell’s online curatorial project, Plates to Pixels, bridges the gap between antiquated photographic processes and new digital media. Every month the gallery showcases and interviews artists working in these seemingly polarized mediums. Plates to Pixels also hosts a annual guest juried exhibit and other themed invitational group exhibitions. www.bluemitchell.com