While I've been an RFF member for quite some time, I rarely post (but lurk fairly frequently). I hope this post is acceptable to you all --when seeing this new board it seemed the logical place. I thought I'd post an announcement here about the f295 Symposium on Lensless, Alternative and Adaptive Processes taking place in Pittsburgh, PA USA April 26-29 2007. The key event are a series of 8 lectures and round-table discussions taking place on Friday April 27 with the Center for Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University. There are also workshops and exhibitions.
Here's a list of the speakers, the titles of their talks and a bit about each.
: Contemporary Pinhole Photography and its Place in Photographic History
Jo Babcock’s work has been exhibited internationally, including exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Alternative Museum, the Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens, and the Sao Paulo Bienal. He is the author of The Invented Camera: Low Tech Photography and Sculpture (Freedom Voices Publications, 2005)
Photography and Memory
Craig Barber is represented in several prominent museum and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Brooklyn Art Museum; the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentia, among others. In 2006 Umbrage Editions published his book, ”Ghosts in the Landscape: Vietnam Revisited.
: Reality, Representation and Lo-Fi Image-Making
Barbara Ess’s work has been the subject of cover stories in Artforum and Art in America magazines. She has had one-woman shows at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Curt Marcus Gallery, New York; Faggionato Fine Arts, London; and Fundacion la Caixa, Barcelona, and at galleries in Madrid, Los Angeles, Paris, Antwerp, Cologne, and Washington. Her book, I Am Not This Body (Aperture 2001), was selected as one of the ten top photography books of the year by the Village Voice.
: Steps Leading to ‘Primitive Photography’
Alan Greene has had numerous solo and group exhibitions,and taught photography as an adjunct professor and a leader of workshops. In 1998, he began experimenting with the 1840s-era calotype process and building his own cameras and lenses. This culminated in the 2001 publication of a technical manual, Primitive Photography. He has contributed to the Encyclopedia of 19th Century Photography and the Vocabulaire technique de la photographie.
: Back to Basics: The Renaissance in Alternative and Historic Photographic Processes
Currently Patricia is the director of the Center for Alternative and Historic Processes (CFAAHP). She is also concentrating on the development of the Ebauche Foundation for the Arts. For the previous 12 years she was the driving force behind Sixty Eight Degrees black and white photo lab.
Terry King, FRPS
: Retro-Invention: A Revolution in Gold and Blue
In 1982 Terry King was awarded the fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society for gum bichromate prints. As a result of the lectures he was giving, he was asked if he would design and run a yearlong workshop on alternative processes. This workshop became the basis of the revival of alternative processes in the UK. The workshops went under the title of ‘From Wedgwood to Bromoil’. A significant proportion of those now practising or teaching alternative processes have now been taught by Terry’s students or their students. In 1997 he started the Alternative Photography International Symposium which developed a pattern of meeting in alternate years in the UK and in Santa Fe in the US.
: Introduction: ‘Simple’ Methods in a Complex World
Tom founded and directs f295 an international organization with more than 1,000 members interested in furthering the dialogue regarding the art of lensless photography and the craft of alternative and adaptive photographic processes. He has exhibited his work internationally and been published in Ag, Afterimage, Black and White Photography (UK), and View Camera.
: The Daguerreotype: Past, Present & Perfect
Mike Robinson is the proprietor of Mike Robinson’s Century Darkroom, in Toronto, Canada. His daguerreian art is in the collections of The Portrait Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Hallmark Fine Art Collection in Kansas City, The Snite Museum of Art at Notre Dame University, The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and in many private collections. His work has also been reproduced in Discover Magazine, Photo Ed, and Art & Antiques Magazine. His chapter on albumen printing has been published in Coming into Focus. His research into the working methodology of Southworth & Hawes has been published in the exhibition catalogue, Young America: The Daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes.
Complete information, including information about registration and the list of workshops may be found on the symposium website: