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

Registration Information

Registration is now open!

Events included* in your registration fee:
~Symposium Opening Reception & Portfolio Review/Work Sharing Session
~Opening Reception Lecture with France Scully Osterman
~Lectures and Round-Table Discussions with 8 Featured Artists
~f295 Exhibition Opening Reception
~Alternative Photography ‘Walk-About’ (registration required)
~Closing reception
All this amounts to over 20 hours of programming & interaction with fellow alternative photographers!

*Workshop Information Symposium registration fees do not include workshops. Workshops are currently only available to those also registering for the symposium.

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An Artistic Approach to Digital Negatives

Instructor: Jill Enfield
In this exciting day long workshop we will talk about and create a variety of digital negatives without the aid of a step wedge or densitometer, but will instead rely on your artistic sensibility and vision.

An Artistic Approach to Digital NegativesMore Details
We will explore the use of a variety of materials including transparency film, paper negatives, and transfers to produce marvelous negatives that may be used in a variety of applications. Come learn about the wide range of possibilities digital output can open up for you –including their use in the wet darkroom. Digital output is not just for straight printers anymore! Bring your own digital files (scans or digitally captured images) to begin an exploration of technique that might span centuries!

Class is limited to 10 participants

Location: Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Date: June 1, 2008 (Sunday)
Time: 10am - 4pm (1 hour break for lunch)

Price: $125.00

Calotype Paper Negatives (Dry Process)

Instructor: Alan Greene
Learn how to make handmade dry paper negatives that can be prepared several days in advance and loaded into modern film-holders. The process to be shown consists of a late nineteenth-century modification of Le Gray's waxed paper-negative process and Major Russells tannin process.

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It uses citric acid rather than acetic acid, making it far more agreeable to work with than earlier processes, notably Talbots. It also is highly reliable, capable of sharp detail, and more convenient for work in the field than the wet-plate procedure.

All aspects of the process will be considered, including the actual exposure and processing of negatives by each participant. In addition, special emphasis will be given to paper immersion techniques during iodizing and sensitizing, the process of physical development, and an economical, brushed-on waxing method.

Each participant should bring a large format view or box camera (4x5 to 8x10), a suitable lens (pinhole exposure times would be too long here), and one to three film-holders. A tripod and hand-held light-meter would also be helpful, but are not absolutely necessary.

The material fee payable to Alan no later than 2 weeks before the workshop begins.

Price: $200.00

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Developed-Out Salt-Printing

Instructor: Alan Greene
Learn a convenient and overlooked print-making technique from the 1850s that is capable of working with just about any kind of black-and-white negative and more economical than printed-out, salt-printing techniques. This procedure involves a brief exposure of a sandwiched negative and sensitive paper to ultra-violet light, during which a positive image is only partially formed.

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This is followed by a marvelous physical development stage in which the image is then brought out fully. By varying the combined amount of exposure and development, a range of color tonalities can also be obtained, making toning unnecessary.

All aspects of the process will be considered, including the actual exposure and development of salt prints by each participant, with special emphasis being given to paper flotation technique during salting and sensitizing, and ways to control contrast and color tonality.

Each participant should bring a small selection of two to four negatives of varying contrasts ranging between 4x5 and 8x10 in size (if you take Alan's Calotype Paper Negative (Dry Process) workshop on Saturday those negatives may be used as well!)

Class is limited to eight participants.

The material fee payable to Alan no later than 2 weeks before the workshop begins.

Price: $200.00

Special / Sale Price - Calotype and Salt Printing Combo Pricing

Sign up for both of Alan Greene's workshops: Calotype Paper Negatives (Dry Process) & Developed-Out Salt-Printing and save 70 dollars!!

The material fee payable to Alan no later than 2 weeks before the workshop begins.

Price: $400.00
Price: $350.00

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Planning, Organizing, and Staging a Successful Exhibition

Instructor/Facilitator: Jesseca Ferguson
Have you thought you'd like to organize a group exhibition but are unsure where to start? Are you curious about how to approach curators or gallery directors with your work or that of others? Have you wondered how one goes about assembling and staging a succesful show that's international in scope?

Planning, Organizing, and Staging a Successful ExhibitionMore Details
Have you considered trying to pull together a exhibition but feel overwhelmed with all of the how's and why's? If you have these questions and doubts you're not alone. Please join artist, curator and instructor Jesseca Ferguson for an exiting half-day workshop/round-table discussion that will answer these questions and put you on the road to staging a succesful exhibition!

This half day workshop will introduce you to the fundamental issues which arise in planning, organizing and implementing an exhibition and will provide you with tactics to prioritize and overcome those issues. Jesseca will give a brief slide presentation on the show she recently curated with Walter Crump-- "Made in Poland: Contemporary Pinhole Photography" and will discuss the obstacles she encountered, the successes she had, and offer insight into the process which resulted in a successful international traveling exhibition. After the presentation there will be time for group discussion and questions. Discussion with then turn to the participants in which she will lead and facilitate a brainstorming session in which the group will work on curatorial ideas.

Come with exhibition ideas or simply out of curiosity! This workshop is for everyone who feels photography (lensless or otherwise!) can be a tool for facilitating a positive dialogue and exchange which has the power to deepen our collective understanding.

Workshop is limited to 12 participants.

Location: Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Date: Saturday, May 31, 2008
Time: 9am - 12noon
Cost: $25

Price: $25.00

Gum Bichromate Printing

Instructor: Scott McMahon
Discover the beauty and painterly quality of the gum bichromate process. This workshop will focus on the light-sensitivity of chromium salts mixed with gum arabic and watercolor pigment...

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Students will contact print their negatives using actinic light sources and render images in multiple layers of pigmented gum emulsion. Watercolor and printmaking paper will be used as a support to print saturated images from a broad palette of color. Various light-resists may be used such as: large format negatives (4x5 and larger), pinhole, enlarged negatives, inkjet transparencies, cliché-verre, drawings and virtually anything that will block out varying amounts of light. This workshop will also focus on print manipulation techniques, guidelines for mixing chemistry and colors, sizing and coating paper.

Students should bring: 2 or 3 large format negatives (see above). Medium format negatives will work if a miniature print is desired.

Class is limited to 8 participants.

Location: Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Date: May 31, 2008 (Saturday)
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm (with one-hour break for lunch)
Tuition: 0
Materials fee: (payable directly to Scott)

Price: $200.00

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Daguerreotype Workshop -SATURDAY

Instructor: Mike Robinson
Learn the traditional mercury daguerreotype process in this one day workshop. Mike will first demonstrate the process, then each participant will have the opportunity to create their own daguerreotype. All cameras, equipment and materials will be provided. No prior experience is necessary.

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This is the SATURDAY workshop. Please be sure to register for the correct day.

Class is limited to 6 participants

Location: Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Date: May 31 (Saturday)
Time: 9am - 5pm
Cost: 0 (plus material fee payable directly to Mike)

Price: $500.00

Daguerreotype Workshop -SUNDAY

Instructor: Mike Robinson
Learn the traditional mercury daguerreotype process in this one day workshop. Mike will first demonstrate the process, then each participant will have the opportunity to create their own daguerreotype. All cameras, equipment and materials will be provided. No prior experience is necessary.

Daguerreotype Workshop -SUNDAYMore Details
This is the SUNDAY workshop. Please be sure to register for the correct day.

Class is limited to 6 participants

Location: Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Date: May 31 (Saturday)
Time: 9am - 5pm
Cost: 0 (plus material fee payable directly to Mike)

Price: $500.00

The Magic of the Photogram & Camera Obscura Techniques

Instructor: Ilan Wolff
In this exciting two day workshop Ilan Wolff will lead you on a starting journey of discovery and investigation around these his unique approach to these simple historic photographic methods....

The Magic of the Photogram & Camera Obscura TechniquesMore Details
Participants will engage in a hands-on, active exploration of the following techniques:

* Pinhole Photography participants will bring objects, transform them into lensless cameras, and make images with these cameras
* Pinogram using these newly made cameras Wolff will lead you through the combination of pinhole and photogram he uses to achieve fascinating images
* Photogram/Naturagram we’ll introduce both man-made and natural objects into our image making process as we explore the art of the photogram and naturagram
* Large scale camera obscura using a large scale camera obscura as our camera participants will make large scale images, we’ll also combine the photogram, naturagram and pinogram techniques inside this room sized camera
* Calorigram lastly we’ll create photographic images without the aid of light or a camera. Using only heat and cold Wolff will reveal the process that he used in creating his ‘Four Elements’ series of images.

This extended workshop is a rare chance to practice these techniques with contemporary pinhole master. Ilan Wolff is based in France and doesn’t often offer workshops in the United States. Don’t miss it!

Location: Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Date: May 31 and June 1, 2008 (Saturday AND Sunday)
Time: 9am - 5pm (1 hour break for lunch)

Price: $275.00

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Toy Camera Modern Tintype Workshop

Instructor: Jill Enfield
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.

Toy Camera Modern Tintype WorkshopMore Details
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.

These days you can do wet plate - which means you need a darkroom with you! or dry plate in which you use liquid emulsion to coat and prepare plates ahead of time, use them on location, and return to the darkroom for development.

We will coat in the morning, break for lunch, go on location in the afternoon and return to the darkroom to develop. Each participant will receive a toy camera to use for the workshop and to take home! You may also bring and experiment with a brownie or any other large format camera (just let Jill know ahead of time)

Class is limited to 10 participants

Location: TBA
Date: May 28, 2008 (Wednesday)
Time: 9am - 5pm (1 hour break for lunch)

Price: $200.00

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Its All Positive - The Wet Plate Collodion Process

Instructor: France Scully Osterman
In this two day class, students will learn to make wet-plate collodion ambrotypes both in-camera and with an enlarger. The instructor will begin with a demonstration and then walk each student through the process to make a self-portrait and still-life using a large format period camera (provided)...

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Participants will also make ambrotypes and collodion photograms using transparencies, magic lantern slides or botanicals. Making collodion images without a camera is a particularly fun way to learn the process and gives participants a chance to play.

Included will be instructions on mixing chemicals, troubleshooting and a manual, “The Wet-Plate Process, A Working Guide,” by Mark Osterman.

(No equipment is necessary for this class. Photo Lab experience is helpful but not required. Good hand skills required.)

Class is limited to 8 participants

Location: Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Date: Saturday & Sunday (May 31 & June 1, 2008)
Time: 9:00-4:00

Price: $350.00

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Iron Based Processes

Instructor: Jo Babcock
The Iron Based Processes or Poor Man’s Alt-Process!
With the rising cost of precious metals some of us have been seeking ways to maximize our photographic budget. Join instructor Jo Babcock for an in-depth exploration of two of the most accessible and least expensive alternative processes; the Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown....

Iron Based ProcessesMore Details
With proper execution each of these processes is capable of rivaling the beauty of a Platinum print. Just because they’re inexpensive don’t misunderstand them to be unsophisticated.

In this one day workshop we’ll examine both of these fascinating processes and explore various ways in which to achieve stunning results. We’ll begin the day with the Cyanotype process, move to Van Dyke Brown after lunch, and later combine both processes in one print to achieve a uniquely beautiful effect.

Workshop topics include:
* The fundamentals of chemistry, paper selection, and necessary tools
* An exploration of development techniques to achieve color variations
* An investigation of various toning recipes to achieve a wonderful variations in the color of the final image

This workshop is for anyone whose interested in achieving beatiful results without large investment. Participants should bring 2 or 3 large format negatives (medium format negatives will also work if a small print is desired). We’ll also have several negatives on hand for use by participants.

Class is limited to 6 participants

Location: Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Date: May 31, 2008 (Saturday)
Time: 9am - 5pm (1 hour break for lunch)

Price: $200.00

**Cancellation Policy: Symposium and/or Workshop reservations may be cancelled for a full refund up to midnight April 17, 2008. Reservations cancelled between April 18 and midnight May 15 will receive a 50% refund and cancellations after May 15 will receive no refund.

**For those who have not pre-registered on-site registration will be available on Thursday from 3-5pm and again on Friday from 8-10:30am: cash or check only. No credit cards will be accepted for in-person registration.


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