Black and White Photography Darkroom Techniques
Inspired by the greats such as Man Ray, Lee Miller, Helen Chadwick, Pierre Cordier, Susan Derges and many others, this course gives you an opportunity to create unique and expressive silver gelatin based prints.This course will give you an overview of the creative possibilities of alternative darkroom techniques and their expressive potential in contemporary art...
Taught by: Melanie King, Almudena Romero.
Inspired by the greats such as Man Ray, Lee Miller, Helen Chadwick, Pierre Cordier, Susan Derges and many others, this course gives you an opportunity to create unique and expressive silver gelatin based prints.
This course will give you an overview of the creative possibilities of alternative darkroom techniques and their expressive potential in contemporary art. You will have the opportunity to make images using these techniques in the darkroom and be able to produce their own images to a good standard.
Taught through a series of demonstrations and exercises, this practical skills-based course will help you feel confident about working in the darkroom.
- Historical context of darkroom manipulations
- Alternative techniques and applications in contemporary art
- Making and using a pin hole camera
- Making negative prints from a positive paper
- Solarised paper prints
- Cameraless photography techniques using objects in the enlarger
- Photograms, cliche verre and chemigrams
- Printing using different surfaces using liquid emulsion including stone, plaster, glass, wood and papers
- Presentation and feedback.
By the end of this course you should be able to:
- Have a working knowledge of the different techniques and processes involved
- Create a selection of images using these techniques
- Acquire an understanding of how to apply these processes in your own work
- Be confident in working in the darkroom
- Support an application for work or study with a body of work and a greater confidence to talk about it.
Who Should Attend
Photography students, practicing artists and those interested in analogue and historical photography processes.
Intermediate. You should have basic darkroom and analogue photography skills. No alternative photography processes experience is required.
Melanie King is an artist, currently studying an MPhil in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art. Melanie's research is is currently focused on the parallel histories of photography and astronomy since the 19th century, and through her artistic practice aims to capture ancient light traveling from distant celestial objects onto photosensitive material.
Melanie is Director of the London Alternative Photography Collective, and has hosted monthly artist talks, regular exhibitions and symposia on the subject of experimental analogue photography since July 2013. Melanie convened the Shadows Symposium at Camberwell College of Art alongside the Photography and the Archive Research Centre at London College of Communication in May 2015.
Melanie has organised alternative photography workshops at The Photographer's Gallery, SALT Festival in Sandhornoy, Norway, Ditto Press and Brighton Photo Biennale.
Almudena Romero is a visual artist delivering educational projects to raise interest and understanding in early photographic processes and digital photography, and to reexamine the practice of these historically significant processes in the contemporary context.
She runs cameraless photography workshops as well as a variety of courses ranging from alternative photographic printing techniques to digital photography.
In 2015, she was commissioned by the V&A Museum and the Mapfre Foundation to deliver educational projects. She has also lectured at UAL,and Sotheby's Institute of Art. She runs public events including On Light Day for University College London, Wellcome Trust, and the Paradise Over Pavements Festival commissioned by Southwark Council.
Her practice has been exhibited throughout the UK and Internationally in galleries and festivals including the Brighton Photo Biennial and PhotoIreland, and has been features in TimeOut, DUST magazine, Uncertain States and Photomonitor.
Almudena is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and obtained academic teaching qualifications with distinction.