30 June to 01 July 2012
Venue: The Alternative Print Space
Address: 178a Glyn Road, London, E5 0JE
Disabled Access: This event has wheelchair access
In this age of technological reliance the sheer simplicity of making a pinhole in a container and producing startling photographic images has captured the imagination of both photographers and artists alike. This two day workshop will open up the limitless possibilities of this historic technique.
Having looked at examples of other artists work each person will be given a simple coffee tin and shown how to convert it into an excellent camera. Cameras will then be loaded with black and white photographic paper in our specialist darkroom. You will then have a chance to go out and use these cameras that you have made in the local area. You will learn what qualities make the pinhole photograph so unique. You will return to the darkroom and be instructed how to develop your latent image to produce a paper negative that may then be used to make numerous positive prints.
You will learn how the size and shape of your container affects the outcome of the picture. Next you will use your new skills to convert a 35mm film canister into a handy pocket sized pinhole camera which will be loaded with 35mm film. These negatives can then be enlarged onto paper in the darkroom. Other cameras will be at your disposal including 360 degree multiple pinhole cameras and instant in-can processing cameras that allow chemistry to be poured in and the image is developed 'in the field'. You will also be in the exciting position of trying the new HARMAN TiTAN Pinhole Camera supplied by Ilford Photo.
Producing both paper and film negatives and working with Harman Direct positive paper in our specialist darkroom we will then explore alternative printing methods including Cyanotypes and Van Dyke prints.
By the end of the workshop you will have learnt how to make your own pinhole camera, take and process pictures and print using an alternative photographic process. This workshop is suitable for anybody interested in this fascinating form of photography either with or without previous photographic experience.
Please note that in the darkroom you will be working with chemicals. However these are at safe dilutions and gloves/tongs are provided.
All materials are included and tea and coffee will be available throughout the day.
Guy Paterson is a fine artist producing work both publicly and for exhibitions He teaches alternative photographic processes and Camera-less Photography at Central saint Martins College of Art and Design.
The course will take place at the newly expanded Alternative Print Space set up by Guy Paterson and Sebastian Sussmann located almost within the new Chatsworth Road Sunday market.
Images © Ian Morton
HARMAN TiTAN Pinhole Camera