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Photography and the Alchemy of the Darkroom (Summer School)

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Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week

This course combines aspects of digital photography with the alchemy of alternative and primitive photographic printing processes.

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Course Dates

17th July 2017 – 21st July 2017

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Course Description

On this practical course you will begin by refreshing your knowledge of digital photography as well as improving your awareness of contemporary photography at a local, national and international level.

You will then combine your camera skills with the alchemy of Victorian salt printing, a darkroom technique still being used today by artists and designers.

This technique will enable you to engage with the past and identify with the history of photography and the first pioneers.

During this course you will:

  • learn about alternative photographic processes, from the ambrotype and tintype through to the albumen print and the cyanotype
  • draw on established ideas and principles to develop a personal approach to photography and define your own project
  • create innovative images that combine digital with primitive photographic processes.

What will you gain?

Whether your interests lie in fine art, portraiture or fashion photography you will leave this course with the knowledge and understanding of how you wish to progress your image making in the future.

This course is for people new to photography or for those who understand digital photography but wish to explore historical processes in the darkroom.

Tutor profiles: Ben Kay and Craig Proud are photographers, designers and image makers who specialise in print and book arts. They have their own studio in Nottingham's Cobden Chambers called Dizzy Ink. See examples from previous courses and events on their website.

Not from Nottingham? Find out more about summer accommodation on our doorstep.

Any questions?

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

Looking for credit?

This course is for enthusiasts, professionals, graduates and students. If you're an international student the course is part of the NTU Global Summer School and can offer 5 NTU credits (2.5 ECTS). If you wish to gain this credit and transcript please complete the application form on the global summer school webpage: www.ntu.ac.uk/globalsummer. Applying for credit is not compulsory.