A MASTERCLASS IN PHOTOGRAPHY
If you are interested in attending our next workshop starting Monday 18 September 2017, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to provisionally reserve a place.
The primary objective of the workshop is to give the participant a comprehensive experience that provides an overall understanding of the art and technique of Black and White film photography, film processing and darkroom printing.
The course will be structured in such a way as to give the participant a sound technical understanding of the film process but more importantly, the course debates the value of photography in contemporary art and how the medium becomes a platform for personal expression and artistic pursuits.
Each participant of the workshop will have the opportunity to complete a photographic assignment of his or her own choice, process the films and print a final image on fine art paper.
The Workshop will take place at the EdeBooks studio in Sliema. Theory sessions are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7pm to 9pm. Practical darkroom (sessions 7-9 listed below) will be held Monday-Thursday with group split between maximum 2 participants.
Introduction to the workshop and general overview
of the topics to be covered
Session 1: Monday 18th September 2017 | Duration: 2 hrs | max. number of participants: 6
Introduction to the workshop and general overview of the topics to be covered
Why film photography in a digital world?
Fine art photography, a brief history and discussion about what makes an artistic photograph (as opposed to a record document).
The ultimate objective: making visible the invisible.
The camera: formats, functions and basic technical explanations. The shutter The aperture Focusing and depth of field.
Session 2: Wednesday 20th September 2017 | Duration: 2 hrs | max. number of participants: 6
The political viewfinder: meaning and misconception in photography
Composition and the process of hyper selection
The relation between photographer and subject: the painful process.
The viewfinder, techniques of composition and framing
Depth of field and depth of focus Lenses and focal lengths.
Session 3: Monday 25th September 2017 | Duration: 2 hrs | max. number of participants: 6
Narrative in photography: the objective lie.
Meaning and universality.
Light as the palette of the photographer.
Film and exposure
Light meters and the grey card
Overview of film processing
Session 4: Wednesday 27th September 2017 | Duration: 2 hrs | max. number of participants: 6
Workshop f/1.4 assignment: discussion with participants on individual photographic assignments to be completed as part of the workshop.
Film processing – practical demonstration part 1
Session 5: Monday 2nd October 2017| Duration: 2 hrs | max. number of participants: 6
The enlarger and printing – practical demonstration part 2
Session 6: weekend 7 – 8 October 2017 | Duration: — | max. number of participants: 1
Each participant is engaged to shoot an assignment of his choice using the films provided by the workshop.
Session 7* | Duration: 2 hrs | max. number of participants: 2
Film processing of each student’s films
Session 8* | Duration: 2 hrs | max. number of participants: 2
Session 9* | Duration: 2 hrs | max. number of participants: 2
Making a fine art print from a negative
Session 10 | Duration: 2 hrs | max. number of participants: 6
Debate: Picture editing
Final group session with discussions about the photographic assignments, problems encountered and results obtained.
*Sessions 7, 8 and 9 are coordinated with the tutor from Monday to Thursday in groups of 2 for Darkroom use
David Pisani is a professional photographer who has been through the whole gamut of commercial photography from studio work, through fashion and advertising and most prominently architecture, industrial and interior design. He has worked on numerous architectural and conservation projects including commissions by the Government of Malta, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, the Getty Foundation and the Courtauld Institute. He has lectured at the University of Malta’s Faculty of Architecture on “photography and conservation technology”. He is the author of an extensive personal photographic essay on Valletta entitled “Vanishing Valletta” which in 2000 was included in the permanent collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Vanishing Valletta was also published as a monograph in 2007. He has also produced a photographic essay on the city of Dubai entitled “Future City” which was commissioned by Emirates Airlines for their corporate art collection. He is a fanatical darkroom printer with over 25 years experience in both commercial and fine art printing.