Darkroom photography workshop with the international foundation students.
Based within an academic department and with extensive teaching experience to our name, we also undertake a variety of educational and training projects in the media field. One such example of this was a day-long analogue photography and darkroom printing workshop, we recently delivered to the University’s Art and Design Foundation students as part of their Cambridge Education Group (CEG) programme. The CEG aims to give international students a taster to a variety of artistic mediums and creative processes.
We ran the day in two halves – working with traditional film cameras and shooting during the morning (both in our studio and around the city), and then after some speedy neg developing at lunch (stirling work Iosif/Kate/Shaun), we spent the afternoon printing the images shot that morning using the ‘old-fashioned’ method – chemical trays, red lights, stopwatches, and all those fine trimmings.
The structure of the workshop ensured that the students experienced and learnt the whole analogue image-making process, which then moreover informed and supported their workflow with digital imagery (the terminology and techniques of digital cameras and image-editing software are largely based upon their analogue predecessors don’t you know). We had a wonderful day, largely due to the super-engaged, lively, and enthusiastic students and their tutors; whilst also making great use of the media department’s highly equipped darkrooms.