Shades of Light | Enrico Scotece

Course overview 

Take creative control of your prints and learn how to get the most out of your negatives! Learn advanced printing techniques and how to make expressive works on fibre-based paper with experienced interstate photographer Enrico Scotece.

This masterclass is a rare opportunity to receive professional instruction from one of Australia’s specialist darkroom practitioners and experienced tutors. In this hands-on weekend workshop you will gain an in-depth understanding of fibre-based paper and fine printing techniques and learn how to produce exhibition quality prints rich in tone, contract and detail.

Date & time 

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 May 2018
10am – 4pm each day


  • Approach to fine printing
  • Archival printing and washing techniques for fibre-based paper
  • Understanding print exposure and contrast values
  • Printing for the middle tones and tonal range
  • Techniques of print value control including dodging, burning, flashing
  • Working with difficult negatives
  • Variable contrast print controls and split filtering
  • Post print selenium toning and its effective and creative uses
  • Print finishing and presentation

What to Bring? 

Participants are to bring their own pre-developed negatives (minimum three rolls – 35mm and/or 120mm). All other materials and equipment for this course will be provided, including 8×10” fibre-based paper. Please note lunch is not provided.

Enrico Scotece

Enrico Scotece is an experienced photographer and a Lecturer in Design (Photomedia) at Western Sydney University. He is founder of Think Negative, a unique analogue photographic studio and darkroom now based in the Blue Mountains (formerly Sydney). Also a PhD candidate, Scotece’s research utilises photography as a reflexive practice. Scotece was PhotoAccess’ 2016 Dark Matter resident, where he spent eight months producing experimental pinhole camera images and photographing the Canberra region and outback NSW, he then spent many hours in the PhotoAccess darkroom producing prints for his solo exhibition Temporality which was shown in the PhotoAcces Huw Davies Gallery in November 2016.

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