STENOPEIC PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP with ILAN WOLFF

SATURDAY 25 September: 10h00 – 14h00, 16h00 – 20h00 and SUNDAY 26 September: 10h00 – 14h00

Localization: Escola Joan Maragall

 

The Camera Obscura (dark room) is an optical instrument capable of projecting an image to an interior surface. Long ago, it was used as a tool to deepen knowledge and many painters used it as a creative resource. With the discovery of light sensitive materials, the camera obscura became what we now call a pinhole camera and this is the precursor of the actual photographic camera.

Exploring into the origins and basics of photography, Wolff found yet another way of experimentation in the stills of W. H. Talbot and Anna Atkins. He combines both procedures, pinhole camera and still, in what he himself calls stenograms. This allow to interact with the projected images, either with objects on the negative or even through the silhouette.

ILAN WOLFF

Uno de los más grandes especialistas en la técnica de la Camera Obscura vuelve a estar con nosotros, desde la primera edición en el 2013, cuando hicimos otro magnífico taller del que podéis ver un video al final del texto.

Desde 1981, Ilan Wolff se ha especializado en la creación de fotografías mediante esta técnica, con cámaras hechas con cajas o latas viejas. Ese mismo año fue responsable del departamento de Fotografía de la N. Bloomfield Academy of Art en Israel. Continúa su actividad como freelance en Amsterdam, Nueva York y París utilizando principalmente su furgoneta como cámara pinhole. Imparte sus talleres en escuelas, universidades, museos y centros de arte en diferentes ciudades europeas durante buena parte del año, ya que vive entre Alemania, Francia y Almería.

Su actividad como artista está estrechamente ligada a la divulgación, pero ha participado en numerosas exposiciones individuales y colectivas, y sus fotografías se han expuesto en los museos de todo el mundo. Recientemente hemos podido ver una gran exposición en Pamplona.

One of the greatest specialists in the Camera Obscura technique is back with us, since the first edition in 2013, when we did another magnificent workshop of which you can see a video at the end of the text.

Since 1981, Ilan Wolff has specialized in creating photographs using this technique, with cameras made from old boxes or cans. That same year he was head of the Photography department at the N. Bloomfield Academy of Art in Israel. He continues his activity as a freelancer in Amsterdam, New York and Paris, mainly using his van as a pinhole camera. He teaches his workshops in schools, universities, museums and art centers in different European cities during a good part of the year, since he lives between Germany, France and Almería.

His activity as an artist is closely linked to dissemination, but he has participated in numerous individual and group exhibitions, and his photographs have been exhibited in museums around the world. We have recently seen a great exhibition in Pamplona.

THE WORKSHOP

“The Camera Obscura is a bridge between Science and Art” (Leonardo de Vinci)

We will learn the secrets of this technique and take our own pinhole photographs with different cameras. We will frame, develop, and tack some of the original positives.

12 hour workshop

SATURDAY 25 Sept: 10:00 – 14:00, 16:00 – 20:00

Morning:

  • Presentation of the workshop, showing some works and explaining the technique.
  • Prepare the participants’ objects to turn them into cameras: painting black, making holes (one, two, three, or more …), etc.
  • Introduction to the Photo Lab: Developing, Stopping and Fixing Load the cameras with photographic paper and test to know the exposure time, each participant with their own camera.
  • Development of the tests, determining the exact exposure time Each participant will prepare 1 or 2 cameras with paper and we will go outside to take pictures.
  • Development of negatives. We will prepare 3- and 9-hole cameras and load them for afternoon photography.
  • Making the first frame (24×30 cm.) With the objects that each participant has brought.

Evening:

  • We will go out to take pictures in another place with the different cameras
  • We will make stenograms, a combination of pinhole and frame, placing objects inside the chamber before exposing the paper.
  • Developing the negatives and preparing the cameras for another shot, and we will go outside again to take pictures.
  • Development of negatives
  • Making the second frame and developing.

SUNDAY 26 Sept: 10:00 – 14:00

  • Impression of positives
  • Taking the third frame
  • Sepia modification and colored with ecoline.

Material that participants must bring: For cameras: 2-3 objects, size or shape does not matter, but must be opaque. For example: cans of preserves or some alcoholic beverages, boxes of powdered milk, etc. For the frame: 6-10 objects that have an interesting outline, that is transparent or semi-transparent (leaves, silk, etc …)

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