ADVANCED ALTERNATIVE DARKROOM
Former full-time SPAO instructor and Montreal based artist Greg Zehna will be offering an in depth introduction to the following printmaking techniques:
1) The Digital Negative: The analog printmaker's new best friend and important part in the future of analog printing. Students will learn the specific steps in creating a fully functioning, seamless digital negative. Liberating many of the alternative processes need for traditionally shot negatives used in 1:1 ratio contact printing as well isolated dodging and burning. Students will produce their own digital negatives with the linearization of characteristic curves and toning of negatives specific to fibre-based silver gelatin printing as well chosen optics. A highly technical process once broken down, explained and applied can become second nature. All analog printers will reluctantly admit they have damaged negatives or negatives that they just can't print. Properly treated digital negatives merge the analog and digital world. Creating a seamless hybrid of endless possibilities.
2) The Cyanotype: Often an overlooked printing technique this UV sensitive, prussian-blue contact print technique can produce a full tonal range when proper paper choice/reduction printing is applied.
Students will learn printing and toning techniques originally designed by Greg Zenha as well produce one large collective print.
3) The Platinum Print: The Platinum print offers a superior archival technique with more tonal range than any other monochromatic printing process in history. The platinum print allows a variety of printing options with fine Japanese and French papers. Students will produce archival platinum prints and learn the necessary foundations to this classic format.
4) Mural size Silver Gelatin Printing: Producing large, fiber based silver gelatin prints is something every analog printer should experience. The richness, depth and presence is un-matched to even the finest ink-jet print. Students will have access to a 60 inch wide roll of fibre-based paper and transform the SPAO studio into a darkroom while projecting images onto the wall. They will learn a proper workflow by starting their printing small and transferring them to 40 inch+ prints.
5) Wet-Plate Collodion/Ambrotype: Originally created by Frederick Scott Archer in the late 1800's, this timeless, beautiful process is making a huge comeback for good reason. Shot on either glass or Aluminum the wet-plate collodion process truly retains the characteristics of its creator and produces one of a kind images that cannot be re-produced. To this day, the wet-plate process has the ability to produce the sharpest, grain-less, monochromatic images in photography. An extremely temperamental and light sensitive process, the wet-plate collodion process is a medium all to its own. A true testament to photographic skill the results of either the positives or produced from negative prints are well worth the learning curve. Students will be instructed how to mix their own chemistry, be shown proper workflow examples and finally produce their own images within portraiture. Once you go wet-head you might never go back.
At the end of the workshop students will have a firm grasp on the necessary fundamentals of these techniques, an in depth booklet and the confidence to begin working in these mediums independently.
REQUIREMENTS: WHMIS certified, Darkroom/Photoshop experience, Photoshop CS4 or higher, laptop required
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ADVANCED ALTERNATIVE DARKROOM: SESSION B
MAY 7/8, 14/15, 21/22 2016
6 SESSIONS - HOURS
LEVEL: ADVANCED | $900
Photos by Greg Zehna