The Carters

This husband-and-wife team delights in manipulating light, color and form

Rob and Nick Carter

Through Deep Blue, 2007.

PAINTERS The most innovative art can come from the most venerable of techniques. In the case of British husband-and-wife team Rob and Nick Carter, it started with a photographic method first developed in 1834.

The Carters did not begin as boundary breakers, artistic or otherwise. Rob, 39, trained as an advertising photographer; Nick, 38, studied painting and fine arts. They met in school when they were both 16, married a decade later and might have expected a traditional life in traditional fields. But then they started fooling around with light and color.

They began their collaborations modestly: Rob would take photographs...

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