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F295 Symposium on 21st Century Photography

Register Today!

The early Registration rate expires on midnight March 1!

Events included* in your registration fee:
~Thursday Evening Artists Talk with Carol Panaro Smith and James Hajicek
~Symposium Opening Reception & Portfolio Review/Work Sharing Session
~Lectures and Round-Table Discussions with the 7 Featured Artists
~f295 Exhibition Opening
~Ability to Sign-Up for Workshops
~Alternative Photography ‘Walk-About’ (registration required)
~Closing reception

All this amounts to over 20 hours of programming & interaction with fellow artists and photographers!

* Symposium registration fees do not include workshops.

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.

**Cancellation Policy: Symposium reservations may be cancelled for a full refund within 30 days of registration. After 30 days refunds will be given less a 15% service charge. Reservations canceled between April 18 and midnight May 15 will receive a 50% refund and cancellations after May 15 will receive no refund.

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2009 Symposium

Special / Sale Price - F295 Member Symposium Registration

This is a special F295 members registration price! Sign up today and receive this great rate! This price includes over 20 hours of programming, including the events Thursday and Friday. This does not include workshops. Please register for those separately (though registration for the symposium is required in order to register for a workshop).This price is only for subscribing members of F295. To join visit www.f295.org.

Price: $165.00
Price: $140.00

Special / Sale Price - Student Symposium Registration

Valid student ID is required to get this price. Please email a scan of the ID within 7 days to: info@f295.org. This price includes over 20 hours of programming, including the events Thursday and Friday. This does not include workshops. Please register for those separately (though registratio for the symposium is required in order to register for a workshop).

Price: $165.00
Price: $80.00

Regular Symposium Registration

Register for the F295 Symposium today! This price includes over 20 hours of programming, including the events Thursday and Friday. This does not include workshops. Please register for those separately (though registration for the symposium is required in order to register for a workshop).

Price: $165.00

Symposium Opening Reception ONLY

Choose this option if you're only interested in attending the Thursday night opening reception. This also grants you the ability to register for the weekend workshops, but you are unable to attend the Friday lectures and discussion.

Price: $100.00

Photography Walk-About

Lead by: Tom Persinger and….. TBA.

Come join us for the third installment of the f295 symposium photography walk-about! It’s a great chance to spend a very relaxed time roaming, chatting, sipping coffee, and oh yeah - photographing some of the wonderful areas of Pittsburgh. The first year we explored the South Side, the next the Oakland area of Pittsburgh and this year we’ll be roaming in…… TBA!

This event is FREE but registration is required!

 

Photography Walk-AboutMore Details

Location: TBA
Date: May 31, 2009 (Sunday)
Time: 9:00am to 12:00noon


Price: $0.00

Lens-Building and Optical Effects

Instructor: Alan Greene

If the price of lenses has prohibited you from working in large-format photography then this exciting 2-day hands-on workshop is for you! Alan Greene, the author of the highly acclaimed technical manual Primitive Photography, will teach you the essentials of photographic optics the best and easiest way: by building your own view-camera lenses and making pictures with them!

We’ll begin with a brief discussion and demonstration of self-made optics. Then we’ll explore how one can either eliminate or use optical aberrations and distortions to create desired effects including: soft-focus, fish-eye, depth-of-field control (including ‘bokeh’), and rectilinear correction. Each participant will then make the following lens systems: single-element “landscape,” symmetrical-duplet, and telephoto. These lenses will be created using inexpensive and readily available materials such as optical surplus lens elements, paper, plastic tubing, and foam-core.

Lens-Building and Optical EffectsMore Details

After construction we’ll take our newly made lenses into the field to make exposures. Here the unique characteristics of each lens will be revealed. We’ll also discuss and consider how experimental apertures and found objects can be used to create more unusual images, as well as pertinent examples drawn from the early, pictorialist, and contemporary eras of photography.

NOTE: This workshop requires that each participant bring their own view-camera, tripod, and film-holders.

Class is limited to ten participants.

Location: Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Date: May 30 & 31, 2009 (Saturday & Sunday)
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm (with break for lunch)
Materials Fee: $50 payable directly to the instructor


Price: $350.00

Toying with Plastic Cameras

Instructor: Michelle Bates

f295 is pleased to host a special workshop with toy camera guru Michelle Bates. Low-tech medium format cameras like the Holga and Diana are popular for the mysterious, dreamy images produced through their simple plastic lenses. In this workshop you’ll learn how giving up some technical control can result in wonderfully unique and unexpected images. Students will learn how to shoot most successfully with plastic cameras, including how to use good old fashioned tape to manipulate light leaks, and how to modify cameras creatively. A slide show, demos, and hands-on shooting time will give students a comprehensive look at the “Plastic Fantastic” in action.

Toying with Plastic CamerasMore Details

Class fee includes a Holga 120N camera and a signed copy Michelle’s book; Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity.

Class is limited to 15 participants.

Location: Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Date: May 30, 2009 (Saturday)
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm (with break for lunch)


Price: $125.00

Modern Dry Plate Tintype with Jill Enfield

Instructor: Jill Enfield

Join us for this exciting day long exploration of modern tintypes and how to convert old ‘Brownie’ cameras to use for the tintype process! We’ll spend the first part of the day converting cameras, learning about tintypes (modern and traditional) 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.

Modern Dry Plate Tintype with Jill EnfieldMore Details

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.

Class is limited to 10 participants

Location: Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Date: May 27, 2009 (Wednesday)
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm (with break for lunch)


Price: $175.00

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Printing with Gum Bichromate

Instructor: Christina Z. Anderson

This workshop will focus on the expressive quality of the gum bichromate process. Students will begin contact printing their negatives 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 (4×5 and larger), pinhole, enlarged negatives, inkjet transparencies, cliché-verre, drawings on acetate and virtually anything that will block out varying amounts of light. Day two will explore more in-depth techniques such as tri-color gum, print manipulation, and guidelines for mixing chemistry and colors as well as paper sizing. This is an ideal workshop for those who have experimented on their own or taken a beginner level workshop and would like exposure to more advanced topics and information.

Printing with Gum BichromateMore Details

Students should bring: 2 - 4 large format negatives (see above).

Class is limited to 10 participants.

Location: Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Date: May 30 & 31, 2009
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Materials fee: $35 (payable directly to Christina)


Price: $275.00

Three Day Hands-on Daguerreotype Workshop

Instructor: Jerry Spagnoli

This exciting three day workshop will introduce you to the daguerreotype -the first photographic process presented to the public in 1839. A daguerreotype is a photographic image, produced on a sheet of polished silver, unique for its clarity and presence when held in your hand. The process has a rich historical legacy but has been largely lost to artists for over one hundred years leaving much much unexplored potential for the modern practitioner to explore.

This workshop will investigate the process introduced by M.E. Bequerrel 1840. The ‘Bequerrel Process’ requires none of the extremely hazardous chemicals traditionally associated with the method. The plates can be exposed in a large format camera or contact printed from film positives....

Three Day Hands-on Daguerreotype WorkshopMore Details

Participants will learn all the steps necessary to make a daguerreotype and will be given abundant time to make images in class. The skills you will acquire include polishing, sensitizing and finishing the plates as well as instruction on making your own equipment so that you can continue the process in your own darkroom.

This course is open to all skill levels but participants should have a solid working knowledge of the basics of photography.

Class is limited to six participants.

Location: Carnegie Mellon University
Date: May 30, 31, and June 1, 2009 (Sat., Sun., Mon.)
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm (with break for lunch)


Price: $675.00

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The Fugitive Shadow

Instructors: Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman

Before “Black and White,” the earliest photographic processes were experimental, colorful and painterly. In this class, participants will gain an understanding of what motivated the movement towards photography and the rewards of early printing processes introduced by Wedgewood, Florence, and Talbot.

To begin, participants will learn how to create a shadow silhouette from life. This type of portrait is made with the action of light and the hand of the artist, or literally, “drawing with light” — the very essence of early photographic inspiration. The portrait is then scaled to miniature using a pantograph and either inked or hollow cut. The class will also capture shadows using the 1830s style Physionotrace apparatus....

The Fugitive ShadowMore Details

These miniature silhouettes and other objects will then be used make photogenic drawings with different formulas to achieve a variety of tones. Not intended for display, these fugitive prints share a
uniquely mysterious and delicate quality.

This class offers a unique insight for artists and historians interested in exploring a well-researched early photographic experience. No prerequisites.

Class is limited to eight participants.

Location: Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Date: May 30, 2009 (Saturday)
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm (with break for lunch)
$25 lab fee payable directly to the instructors)


Price: $200.00


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