You will build on your existing experience of black-and-white analogue printing. You'll learn how to improve print quality and judge the right grade and quality paper needed for the image. There will be an exploration of the use of flashing and controlled fogging, and you'll be taught specialist techniques such as lith printing, toning and the process of solarisation. We'll also help you reach a high standard of print finishing and print mounting for presentation and you'll be encouraged to produce a series of work.
We have two fully equipped professional darkrooms with a wide range of enlargers for both 35mm and medium format film for you to make use of throughout the course. Specialist processes will be taught through talks, demonstrations and workshops, while practices will be developed through assignments and discussion. The approach to learning is creative and experimental, with individual and personal attention given to each student. Workshop materials will be supplied and you'll be advised on appropriate materials to purchase for your work to make what is considered to be a good print, concentrating on the choice of the correct grading of paper. The course will also look at the chemistry of process for both film and papers, how to make your own developers and how to choose the right developer for your film and paper.
The first week will consist of an overview, the different types of enlargers and photographic papers, making a contact sheet and making test strips. The subsequent weeks will be used to hone printing skills such as dodging and burning, paper flashing and how to make your own developers to get the best print from your negative. The aesthetic of the print will be discussed in terms of paper type, cropping and image size.