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f295 Symposium 2008: An Examination of Lensless, Alternative and Adaptive Photographic Processes

The 2008 f295 Symposium

April 5th, 2008

I’m pleased to report that attendance at the 2008 Symposium was more than double that in 2007! Here’s an image of Jo Babcock setting up the ’suitcase camera’ (yes he used the same suitcase for travelling!) for the traditional group shot!

2008 Group Shot

We have more pictures here:
and on Flickr:

The f295 symposium is an in-depth exploration of the many different & alternative ways in which we can make photographs, and a look at how contemporary culture shapes the choices we make. It’s the only event of its kind that exclusively features artists and photographers talking about their work and the ideas that shape what they’re doing!

The Symposium will be held in Pittsburgh, PA USA May 29 - June 1, 2008. The opening reception, lectures and round-table discussion are held in association with the Center for Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University and the workshops are held in association with Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

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Other f295 info:
* Images from the f295 Seminar on Contemporary Alternative Photography held at B&H Photo Sunday January 27, 2008
* Information about the 2007 Symposium >>

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

9am-5pm: Symposium Kick-off Workshop: Toy Camera Modern Tintype Workshop with Jill Enfield Sold Out!
Join us for this exciting day long exploration of modern tintypes and toy cameras with Jill Enfield! We’ll spend the first part of the day learning about tintypes and making plates in the darkroom. These plates, unlike the wet collodion tintype process, can be taken on location and used in the field far from a darkroom. Modern tintypes are very similar to the historic dry plate process; a short lived process introduced by Kodak in the late 1800s as a convenient alternative to wet plate photography. More here >>

Thursday, May 29, 2008

2007 Review

4-9pm: Symposium Opening Reception
Rangos Ballroom, 2nd Floor University Center, Carnegie Mellon University

The symposium officially begins at 5pm Thursday, May 29 with an informal work-sharing/portfolio review session. We have a large space on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University at which there will be tables for registered symposium attendees to spread out images, cameras, and other materials and equipment to share with other participants. This is a rare chance to see and discuss the exciting work you and your colleagues are making!

In addition to sharing your work and meeting other artists and photographers we’ll have quite a few vendors and manufacturers in attendance. They’ll each have a table at which they’ll be demonstrating their latest equipment and supplies and showing that they support explorations in alternative photography! Our friends from B&H Photo will be there with assorted goodies and symposium specials. We’ll be revealing the rest of our vendor roster over the coming weeks but it’s safe to say if they care about a heterogeneous future of photography they’ll be in attendance! Please note: This event is ONLY for registered symposium attendees. This was the most requested event of 2007. Don’t miss it!

France Scully Osterman

Serendipity and Exquisite Manipulation
A Special Opening Reception Artists’ Talk with France Scully Osterman
Rangos Ballroom, 2nd Floor University Center, Carnegie Mellon University
Time: 6:00pm

More than any other photographic process, wet-collodion enables artists to produce images that are completely hand-crafted, seducing them with painterly artifacts. In this talk France Scully Osterman will discuss the factors which influence and guide her work: process, lens, light, exposure and intent.

The artifacts inherent to collodion negatives are reminders that they are entirely hand-crafted. Within these artifacts lie distinct possibilities to contribute to the painterliness of the image. Collodion is to photography what watercolor is to painting -fast but requiring ‘exquisite manipulation’. Initially Osterman was drawn to the subtle artifacts of the process -as she was with painting- which serve as a distinctive signature of the artist…(read more >>)

Read more about France Scully Osterman >>

Friday, May 30, 2008

2007 Lectures

9am - 6pm: Lectures and round-table discussion
McConomy Auditorium, 1st Floor University Center, Carnegie Mellon University

We’re excited to have our friends at the Center for the Arts in Society at CMU partner with us again this year to help bring together this day of lectures and discussion!

Friday Lecture Schedule
9:00 - 9:20 - Tom Persinger
9:20 - 10:00 - Jesseca Ferguson
10:00 - 10:40 - Ilan Wolff
10:40 - 11:20 - Martha Casanave
11:20-11:45 - Round Table Discussions

11:45 - 1:15 - LUNCH
1:15 - 1:45 - Group Portrait

1:50 - 2:30 - Robert Hirsch
2:30 - 3:10 - Jill Enfield
3:10 - 3:50 - Keith Taylor
3:50 - 4:30 - Jerry Spagnoli
4:30 - 5:00 - Round Table Discussions
5:00 - 5:15 - Closing Comments, questions, observations….

ACT 48 Credit will be available for the lectures and round-table event on Friday May 30. Contact us for details.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Calotype Paper Negatives (Dry Process) w/ Alan Greene: SOLD OUT!
Daguerreotype Workshop with Mike Robinson: 1 space left!
Gum Bichromate Printing w/ Scott McMahon: SOLD OUT!
Iron Based Processes or Poor Man’s Alt-Process! w/ Jo Babcock 4 spaces left
The Magic of the Photogram and Camera Obscura w/ Ilan Wolff (2 day) 1 space left!
Planning, Organizing, and Staging a Successful Exhibition w/ Jesseca Ferguson 4 spaces left
It’s All Positive! The Wet-Plate Collodion Process Two Day Workshop
w/ France Scully Osterman SOLD OUT!

2-4:00pm: Opening Reception: Alternative Focus
Silver Eye Center for Photography

7-10:00pm: Opening Reception: The f295 Exhibition of Contemporary Photography
707 Penn Gallery: A Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery

Sunday, June 1, 2008

An Artistic Approach to Digital Negatives w/ Jill Enfield 1 space left!
Daguerreotype Workshop w/ Mike Robinson 3 spaces left
Developed-Out Salt-Printing w/ Alan Greene 3 spaces left
The Magic of the Photogram and Camera Obscura w/ Ilan Wolff (2 day) 1 space left!
It’s All Positive! The Wet-Plate Collodion Process Two Day Workshop
w/ France Scully Osterman SOLD OUT!

9am-12pm: Lensless/alternative photography walk-about w/ Jo Babcock and Tom Persinger. More Information >>

Closing Reception
6-8:00pm: Informal Closing Gathering
Location: TBA

*Please note: workshops are not included in the standard symposium registration each requires separate registration.

See Registration Information



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