Low-tech Photography: Slade Summer School 2016

11 Jul 2016 – 15 Jul 2016

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Mon- Fri, 9.30am - 4.30pm

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Slade School of Fine Art

London, United Kingdom


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The Slade Summer School provides a unique opportunity for a wide range of artists and students to work within the studios and vibrant atmosphere of The Slade, a world-renowned school of fine art.


This workshop is designed for those with a curiosity to experiment with photographic darkroom mediums. 

Photography is not only a medium to represent, but a technology to trigger imagination. At it's origins, photography was an image itself: a technique capable of creating images from light without that which we consider today to be a 'conventional' camera. The creation of optical devices which manipulate light and photosensitivity are some of the subtle elements which ask what photography is ‘in itself’.

This workshop is structured as a collective research space under the direction of Alfonso Borragán. It works as a catalyst for ideas to exchange around experimental photography, driving and exploring different resources. We will explore photographic mediums from its inception, beyond the photographic techniques and traditional understanding of photography. We will play with those technologies to find other ways of investigating photography: from camera-less photography to the creation of photosensitive surfaces. The workshop is a kitchen in which to expand the horizons of photo technologies.

The course will cover:
How to use a darkroom (basic processes).
How to work with photograms, chemigrams and lumigrams.
How to make salt prints, cyanotypes, dichromate gum prints, anthotypes.
How to use photoemulsions.

No prior knowledge of photography is needed.

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