Photographic processes workshops to be held in Montville

Posted Oct. 14, 2011, at 10:21 p.m.

MONTVILLE — Waterfall Arts will hold four workshops in conjunction with Koichiro Kurita’s photographic exhibition “Meditations on Thoreau” Oct. 21-25, at the Waterfall Arts Montville studio and darkroom. The focus of the workshops is 19th century photo­graphic processes and printing techniques. Instructors will include Kurita, known for his large format platinum-palladium prints; Jonathan Kline of Bennington College, who works in 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 more than two de­cades.

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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.

Kurita will lead a master class in platinum-palladium printing for experienced photographers 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23. 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.

Jonathan Kline will teach a calotype workshop 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 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.

Anna Strickland’s gum bichromate workshop 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 25, will acquaint students with the basics of preparing large negatives and cameraless photography such as cliché verre, mixing and applying chemistry, archival processing and the specifics of working with a pigment-based process using powdered pigments, watercolors and gouache.

Kurita will give an artist’s talk 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High St., with an introduction by Ed Earle, curator at the International Center of Photography in New York.

The “Meditations on Thoreau” exhibit will continue through Nov. 23. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and by appointment.

The workshops will be held at the Waterfall Arts Montville studio and darkroom. For workshop fees, a list of midcoast accommodations, to register or for more information, visit http://www.waterfallarts.org or call 338 2222.

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