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Photography, Alchemy and the Darkroom

$800.00 $725.00

18 – 22 January 2021, Monday to Friday 9.30am-4.30pm. Early Fee ends 14 December 2020
Amanda Williams

Amanda teaches experimental camera-less photography techniques such as photograms, luminograms and chemigrams, and traditional darkroom methods including how to process B&W film, use an enlarger, make contact sheets, test strips, use print controls and contrast filters, dodging, burning and print evaluation.

Full details below: course overview, course delivery, lecturer profile and art materials

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Full Details

Term: Summer School Week Two 2021
Start Date: 18 January 2021
End Date: 22 January 2021
Day: Monday to Friday
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Number of classes: 5

Teacher: Amanda Williams
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Full Fee: $800.00
Early Fee: $725.00
Concession Fee: $765.00
Location: National Art School

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

course overview

Enter the mysterious world of darkroom photography, engaging with alchemical camera-less photographic techniques, the 35mm SLR film camera and fine art analogue printing.

Amanda Williams introduces you to the magic of camera-less photographic processes, to gain an understanding of the principles of light and time by experimenting with different darkroom printing processes. She instructs you in the workings of the 35mm Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera and how to measure correct exposure using aperture, shutter speed and film speed or ISO. Students will develop technical skills alongside creative experimentation when shooting and developing black and white film to make your own photographic enlargement prints.

Amanda teaches experimental camera-less photography techniques such as photograms, luminograms and chemigrams, and traditional darkroom methods including how to process B&W film, use an enlarger, make contact sheets, test strips, use print controls and contrast filters, dodging, burning and print evaluation. Learn how to custom print a unique series of beautiful black and white fine-art photographs, suitable for framing and exhibiting.

Lecturer profile

Amanda Williams is a Sydney-based artist who completed a Master of Fine Arts by research at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney in 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Theory  and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Class 1 Honours and was awarded the university medal from the University of NSW.

Amanda is a sessional lecturer in photography at the National Art School, the University of NSW, Art & Design and Sydney College of Arts. Most recently Amanda was awarded the National Photography Prize 2018 by the Murray Albury Museum of Art (MAMA) and was also a finalist in the Bowness Prize at Monash Gallery of Art.

Her current artwork examines the history of photography and modernism, specifically the distinction and movement between representation and abstraction and the way any knowledge of this so called dichotomy is ordered and explored through photography. By focusing on analogue photographic processes, often engaging with experimentation in the use of chemicals in the darkroom, attention is drawn to how one’s perception of the process of photography, and the historical content inscribed within the image, is susceptible to change over time. A key aspect of the work is what the image could be seen to ‘do’, how it performs and what it can become over time. In this way, the photographic image is presented as an event in itself not simply the witness to and objective recorder of events. For further information visit awilliams.com.au and Instagram: swampdeer

art materials

Required on the first class
Masking tape, scissors, apron and hand towel
Notebook and pens
One sheet clean glass approximately 10 x 12 inches – take a piece of glass out of a frame and cover the edges with masking tape for safe handling
One packet of Ilford photographic paper size 10×8”, in glossy or pearl surface. Come in boxes of 100 or 25 sheets. You are very likely to use a box of 100 in the course.

Collections of small objects
Opaque and translucent objects of all kinds – any plastics or glassware
Different kinds of papers – with and without texts and images, textured papers are great eg newsprint, cheap magazines, tissues, toilet paper etc
Fabrics – small items of textured clothing, scarves, fragments of materials
Natural objects eg: plants/leaves/flowers – fresh or dried
Tiny items such as sugar, salt, pebbles, toys, jewellery,

Camera and film– not required on first class and will be discussed with lecturer
35 mm Single Lens Reflex Camera (SLR)
2 rolls of black and white 35 mm film

Covered footwear is essential in all studio spaces on campus.

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