Creative Darkroom

Experience printmaking processes and techniques with a Master Printer to create more expressive B&W silver prints.

Jim Megargee

Mastering the technical aspects and artistic possibilities of the darkroom is essential for realizing the full potential of an image as a silver print. This course is for intermediate and advanced photographers who want to become more proficient in making expressive B&W silver prints.

Students learn how to control density and contrast in both the negative and print through exposure and the use of various developers. Students explore master printmaking techniques through the use of various papers, toners and additive chemistry, and archival processes for final print presentation. Discussions include such topics as films, papers, printing requirements for reproduction and exhibition. The use of custom labs and how to communicate with a custom printer are also covered.

Most of the week is spent in the darkroom making prints from negatives that students bring with them, however field trips provide students with the opportunity to make new negatives.

A portfolio review is not necessary but applicants must feel comfortable in the darkroom.

 

Instructors

Jim Megargee

Jim Megargee started in photography in 1966 as a photographer with the US Army. In 1970-1 he attended the San Francisco Art Institute majoring in photography. He then returned to his home town of Phoenixville, PA. to begin a three year documentary project on the changing social and economic conditions of this small steel mill community (a project that grew into the American Tour). While living in Phoenixville, he began supplimented his income by teaching courses in photography at the local community center. 

Jim then moved with his family to Penobscot, ME. where he spent the next two years working as a finish carpenter and freelancing for the Maine Times and Wooden Boat Magazines and teaching private courses. 

In 1977 he moved to Winter Park, FL. and was offered teaching positions at both Velencia and Seminole Community Colleges and the Crealde School of Art. Two years later he was appointed director of the Photo program at the Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, Florida and a year later as Director of the school for the following six years. 

Jim then excepted the position of Director of Photography at the Modesto Community College in California for the two years following. 

He then moved to Rochester, N.Y. , to accept a professorship of photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. Jim taught all aspects of photography at R.I.T from 1983 until 1989. 

At which time he became Annie Leibovitz's in-house Master printer. Jim went on to co-found MV Labs with Cornelia four years later. He truly is a scientist and artist dedicated to continuing discovery within the medium. Jim is the Master printer and the technical consultant at MV Labs as well as an active documentary photographer. He is presently working on a collection of his lifs work for exhibition and a book.