Join 2019 Dark Matter resident David Flanagan over three weeks to experiment with printing images onto objects in the darkroom.
Complementing Flanagan’s exhibition at PhotoAccess, Found, in this workshop you will hand coat objects and paper with silver gelatin, whilst learning how to bring the process of analogue photography alive in 3D form.
This precise process is a unique, specialised use of the darkroom and raises questions about the role of the object in photographic processes. This is in light of the majority of contemporary images consumed being 2D screen based works. What are the implications of an image being printed on an old treasure, as opposed to just paper?
David will select and prepare found objects for workshop participants to coat, as the type of substrate which will ‘work’ in the darkroom is limited. (Trust David – he’s spent years trying all sorts of objects from bones to coral to roof tiles!). Alongside coating and exposing onto objects, you will coat and prepare papers for printing as well.
Don’t miss out on learning this amazing process by one of the leading experts on object darkroom printing, this really is a special opportunity.
This workshop will run over three Thursday evenings, 6-9pm at PhotoAccess in the Manuka Arts Centre. Prior darkroom experience is preferred, as this is a specialised technique which requires a good grasp on analogue darkroom concepts.
Week 1: Thursday the 5th November, 6-9pm
David will introduce his exhibition, Found, as well as introduce the background concepts and techniques to preparing, selecting, cleaning and coating an object for light sensitive exposures. You will begin coating objects, as well as paper. Due to the long drying time of the silver gelatin require, exposures will be made from Week 2!
Week 2: Thursday the 12th November, 6-9pm
Now your objects and paper are dry, you may either coat the object again for a thicker, denser image quality – or begin exposing and making images! With David’s expertise you will deduce exposure times and settings for best image quality.
Week 3: Thursday the 19th November, 6-9pm
On this last session you can make your final exposures on the objects and paper, finishing the process as you begun it weeks ago!
Please bring along some black and white negatives for exposing onto the objects. High contrast images will work better. If you don’t have any negatives, please shoot us an email at [email protected] and we can help you out!
Due to the specific and temperamental nature of the process, David will be bringing along the objects for exposing. Prior to coating with silver gelatin (which you will do!) there is a detailed process of preparation and cleaning, which David has learned to be a very fussy process!