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The f295 Symposium on Lensless, Alternative and Adaptive Photographic Processes

November 30th, 2006

The f295 Symposium on Lensless, Alternative and Adaptive photographic processes is being held in Pittsburgh, PA USA 26-29 April 2007. The event brings eight contemporary ‘alternative’ photographers together to engage in discussion and debate regarding the rising use of alternative photographic methods in an age of increasingly sophisticated technological means.

This multi-day event offers lectures, round-table discussions, and hands-on workshops held in association with Pittsburgh area arts organizations. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to join fellow artists, photographers, historians, curators, enthusiasts, and others to reflect on the state of contemporary photography, the rising use of ‘alternative’ photographic techniques, and what this means for both the present and the future of the art.

Act 48 Credit is available for the lectures/discussions on Friday April 27.

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Speakers & Topics Include:
Jo Babcock: Contemporary Pinhole Photography and its Place in Photographic History
Jo Babcock’s work has been exhibited internationally, including exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Alternative Museum, the Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens, and the Sao Paulo Bienal. He is the author of The Invented Camera: Low Tech Photography and Sculpture (Freedom Voices Publications, 2005). Babcock teaches Alternative Processes in Photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Craig Barber: Photography and Memory
Craig Barber is represented in several prominent museum and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Brooklyn Art Museum; the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentia, among others. In 2006 Umbrage Editions published his book, ”Ghosts in the Landscape: Vietnam Revisited.

Laura Blacklow: Convergence: PhotoGraphics
Laura Blacklow is the author of New Dimensions in Photo Processes, A Step by Step Manual for Alternative Techniques (Focal Press, an imprint of Elsevier: 4th ed., 2007). Ms. Blacklow was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship for Works on Paper, the St. Botolph Cub’s Morton C. Bradley Award in Color for her pastelled digital photos, Polaroid Corporation’s Artist Support Program, and the Massachusetts Artists’ Foundation Fellowship for her hand-colored black-and-white photographs. She is on the faculty of the Massachusetts College of Art and the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and has also taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.

Alan Greene: Steps Leading to ‘Primitive Photography’
Alan Greene has had numerous solo and group exhibitions,and taught photography as an adjunct professor and a leader of workshops. In 1998, he began experimenting with the 1840s-era calotype process and building his own cameras and lenses. This culminated in the 2001 publication of a technical manual, Primitive Photography. He has contributed to the Encyclopedia of 19th Century Photography and the Vocabulaire technique de la photographie.

Patricia Katchur: Back to Basics: The Renaissance in Alternative and Historic Photographic Processes
Currently Patricia is the director of the Center for Alternative and Historic Processes (CFAAHP). She is also concentrating on the development of the Ebauche Foundation for the Arts. For the previous 12 years she was the driving force behind Sixty Eight Degrees black and white photo lab.

Terry King, FRPS: Retro-Invention: A Revolution in Gold and Blue
In 1982 Terry King was awarded the fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society for gum bichromate prints. As a result of the lectures he was giving, he was asked if he would design and run a yearlong workshop on alternative processes. This workshop became the basis of the revival of alternative processes in the UK. The workshops went under the title of ‘From Wedgwood to Bromoil’. A significant proportion of those now practising or teaching alternative processes have now been taught by Terry’s students or their students. In 1997 he started the Alternative Photography International Symposium which developed a pattern of meeting in alternate years in the UK and in Santa Fe in the US.

Tom Persinger: Introduction: ‘Simple’ Methods in a Complex World
Tom founded and directs f295 an international organization with more than 1,000 members interested in furthering the dialogue regarding the art of lensless photography and the craft of alternative and adaptive photographic processes. He has exhibited his work internationally and been published in Ag, Afterimage, Black and White Photography (UK), and View Camera.

Mike Robinson: The Daguerreotype: Past, Present & Perfect
Mike Robinson is the proprietor of Mike Robinson’s Century Darkroom, in Toronto, Canada. His daguerreian art is in the collections of The Portrait Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Hallmark Fine Art Collection in Kansas City, The Snite Museum of Art at Notre Dame University, The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and in many private collections. His work has also been reproduced in Discover Magazine, Photo Ed, and Art & Antiques Magazine. His chapter on albumen printing has been published in Coming into Focus. His research into the working methodology of Southworth & Hawes has been published in the exhibition catalogue, Young America: The Daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes.

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Saturday Workshops
(various times see each for details)
FULL Hands-On Daguerreotype Workshop with Mike Robinson
FULL Gum Rex with Terry King
FULL Wet Plate Collodion Workshop with CFAAHP
Primitive Photography: Camera and Lens Making with Alan Greene (only ONE slot remaining!)
Lensless / Alternative Photography Peer Review with Erin Malone
The Pinhole Camera with Tom Persinger

Sunday Workshops (various times see each for details)
FULL Cyanotype Rex with Terry King
FULL Hands-On Daguerreotype Workshop with Mike Robinson
On Location: Pittsburgh without a Lens with Jo Babcock and Tom Persinger
Pinhole Photography Workshop with George Kollar

Participating Organizations Include:
The Center for Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University
Center for Alternative and Historical Processes
The Daguerreian Society
The Mattress Factory
Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Society for Contemporary Craft

Daguerreotypes Past and Present
f295 Exhibition of Lensless and Alternative Photography
In Blue: Photograms by Sue Abramson
Picture This - A Camera Made from a Coconut!

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Symposium Partners


*Barbara Ess had been scheduled to speak at this event but cancelled her plans to attend on Wednesday April 18 for personal reasons. We are thrilled to add Laura Blacklow to our list of speakers. She will be delivering her talk: Convergence: PhotoGraphics.