Sunday, June 28, 2009

Want to learn platinum printing from one of the best?

Scott B Davis will be teaching a platinum printing workshop in Yosemite National Park, August 12-16.

From the Ansel Adams workshop website:
"This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of making fine platinum prints. Students will learn how to select appropriate images for platinum printing, how to make paper choices unique to individual images, and learn the fundamentals of printing in this exquisite process.We will work with digital and analog approaches to platinum printing, while focusing on techniques to make prints with repeatable results.

Students are encouraged to bring existing negatives suitable for platinum, or bring digital files to use for platinum printing. You will come away from the workshop with a complete understanding of the process, as well as the confidence to make beautiful platinum prints after the workshop is complete. Special emphasis will be placed on de-mystifying the printing process, and using basic techniques which can be applied in the home studio. Students are encouraged to take advantage of a field session in the valley. Informal portfolio reviews will help guide students in image selection, and focusing on making landscape photographs with personal resonance.

Born in 1971, SCOTT DAVIS completed a BFA in photography from the University of New Mexico in 2000. The son of a private pilot, he developed ideas about landscape at an early age. Davis prefers spaces that are quiet, complex, and generally overlooked. Working largely at night, often in unremarkable wilderness corridors, his photographs broaden the language of landscape photography.

Scott Davis began photographing the desert at night in 1997 as a means of exploring all aspects of landscape, not just the flattering light and favorable hours sought by many photographers. His night work diminishes landscape features and allows human settlement to define each space. Central to his philosophy is the belief that no single truth exists about landscape. This idea is carried into several bodies of work, generating photographs that equally consider light, dark, human and natural elements.

Davis began using a view camera in 1994. He quickly found this tool complemented his pace, and best expressed his intentions. In 2002 he built a 16" x 20" view camera. The choice to use an unusually large camera was based on the desire to make large platinum prints, and to work slowly in an increasingly fast-paced world. His use of this camera is not about achieving technical perfection or making a statement relative to size.

Currently Scott Davis is working on a series of night photographs in Los Angeles and Tucson. His work has been collected internationally and exhibited throughout the United States, and in Japan."

More details here.

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