Waterfall Arts in Belfast will hold four exceptional workshops in conjunction with Koichiro Kurita’s photographic exhibition Meditations on Thoreau on October 21st through 25th. The focus of the workshops is 19th century photo¬graphic processes and printing techniques. Instructors include Kurita, who is known for his elegant large format platinum/palladium prints, Jonathan Kline of Bennington College, who works in both traditional and digital forms of imaging and time-based projects, and Anna Strickland of the Rhode Island School of Design, where she has taught Antique and Alternative Processes classes for over two de¬cades.
All the antique processes taught by Kurita and his colleagues have common characteristics : the use of large format negatives, light sensitive chemistry hand applied by brush on a variety of papers and contact printing accomplished by exposure to sunlight or a UV exposing unit. These techniques yield distinctive prints with luscious surfaces, unique coloration and a handmade, expressive feel.
On Friday October 21, Kurita will hold a Platinum/Palladium introductory class focusing on the basics of preparing large negatives, mixing chemistry, paper choices, hand application of emulsions and archival processing. The workshop runs from 10am to 5pm.
Kurita will lead a Master Class in Platinum/Palladium printing for experienced photographers on Saturday and Sunday October 22 & 23 from 10am to 5pm. During the workshop he will share his personal techniques and recipes, including working with Japanese gampi paper. Although the basics of creating large negatives will be discussed, students will be expected to come prepared with their own negatives for printing.
On Monday October 24th Jonathan Kline will teach a Calotype workshop, where students will try their hand at making negatives on paper using an adaptation of William Fox Talbot’s original 1841 Calotype Process. A large format camera will be provided, along with all the necessary paper and chemicals for each participant to make a negative on paper. Landscapes and architectural views are encouraged, as exposure times will be long. The class meets from 10 to 5.
Anna Strickland’s Gum Bichromate workshop from 10 to 5 on Tuesday October 25 will acquaint students with the basics of preparing large negatives and camera-less photography such as cliché verre, mixing and applying chemistry, archival processing and the specifics of working with a pigment based process using powdered pigments, water colors and gouache.
Kurita will give an artist’s talk on Thursday, October 20 beginning at 7pm at Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street, with an introduction by Ed Earle, curator at the International Center of Photography in New York. Sponsors for the talk and exhibit are Cold Mountain Builders and Consumers Fuel, both of Belfast. The Meditations on Thoreau exhibit continues through November 23. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 5pm and by appointment; call the office to arrange.
Those registering for three or four workshops will receive a 10% discount. The workshops will be held at the Waterfall Arts Montville studio and darkroom, rain or shine. For workshop fees, a list of mid-coast accommodations, to register or for more information, visit www.waterfallarts.org or call 207 338 2222.