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NOTE: This course will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform.
Class meets Tuesdays for four weeks, 7-9pm ET
Some of the earliest photographic experiments of the 19th century were made without cameras. Called “Photogenic Drawings,” these images were created by placing objects – leaves, lace, etc., – on a light-sensitive substrate, so that the shadow of the object created a somewhat abstracted image. Though lens-based images represent the vast majority of photographic representation, the allure of abstract cameraless photography continues to intrigue and inspire artists in the digital age. This online workshop will introduce techniques of using light-sensitive media to create photographs without a camera. We’ll study the history of cameraless image-making, starting in 1834, through a resurgence in the 1920s, to the concerns of contemporary practitioners. Three weekly projects will give students hands-on experience with cyanotype and lumen prints on gelatin-silver media. For this workshop, both materials are accessible for the home workspace, as only water is needed to process the cyanotype. Each project will conclude with the presentation of the week’s work and a group critique.
Students will need to preorder the following materials:
Pack of pre-coated cyanotype paper:
Pack of Ilford Multigrade RC silver paper:
Black construction paper:
All images: ©David Ondrik
Instructor: David Ondrik
David Ondrik is an artist who has worked with cameraless photography since 2013. His artwork is held by the New Mexico Museum of Art, the University of New Mexico Art Museum, and multiple New Mexico public art collections. Publications include Photography: A 21st Century Practice by Marc Chen and Chelsea Shannon, Undermining by Lucy Lippard, and Photography: New Mexico by Thomas F. Barrow and Kristin Barendsen. He has a BFA in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico and an MFA in Studio Art from Indiana University, where he is a Lecturer in Photography.