Explore the world of texture, shape, and light in the traditional black & white darkroom. Experience the resurgence of doing it in the dark.

This course is for the examination of the world without the distraction and embellishment of color—a world of texture, shape, and light—as can be shown through the basic techniques of manual photography and the darkroom. 

Students learn how to use their camera, lens, and tripod. They are shown how to select the right film and use a light meter to determine exposure, as well as how to control basicdensity and contrast for both the negative and the print. And they prepare the chemistry for and undertake the development of their own film. 

The class discusses how to make the best possible negatives and prints with full tonal range and explores basic darkroom procedures, safety, printmaking techniques, burning and dodging, toning, archival processing, and print presentation.

Students are encouraged to explore artistic questions concerning composition, framing, light, tone and texture, 

gesture and moment, along with their own personal responses to the visual world and events around them. This course is a stepping-stone to the great world of photographic images, from its foundation to the many possilities it offers. 

 

Instructors

Eliot Dudik

Eliot Dudik is a photographic artist, educator, and bookmaker exploring the connection between culture, memory, landscape, history, and politics.  His first monograph, ROAD ENDS IN WATER, was published in 2010.  In 2012, Dudik was named one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch and one of Oxford American Magazine’s 100 New Superstars of Southern Art.  He was awarded the PhotoNOLA Review Prize in 2014 for his Broken Land and Still Lives portfolio, resulting in a book publication and solo exhibition.  Broken Land was most recently published as a feature in the July/August 2015 issue of Smithsonian Magazine.  FLASH FORWARD 2015 chose the series for publication and exhibition in Toronto and Boston.

His photographs have been installed in group and solo exhibitions across the United States and Canada including Dishman Art Museum (TX), Morris Museum of Art (GA), Masur Museum of Art (LA), Muscarelle Museum of Art (VA), Cassilhaus (NC), Annenberg Space for Photography (CA), Columbia Museum of Art (SC), Southeast Museum of Photography (FL), Welch Gallery at Georgia State University (GA), Rebecca Randall Bryan Gallery at Coastal Carolina University (SC), Staniar Gallery at Washington and Lee University (VA), New Orleans Photo Alliance (LA), Carte Blanche Gallery (CA), Davis Gallery at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville (FL), Carlson Gallery at the University of La Verne (CA), and the Division Gallery in Toronto, Canada, for examples.  Upcoming solo exhibitions also include the Griffin Museum of Photography (MA) and the Center for Fine Art Photography (CO).

Eliot taught photography at the University of South Carolina from 2011 to 2014 before founding the photography program within the Department of Art and Art History at the College of William & Mary where he is currently teaching and directing the Andrews Gallery at the college.

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Course Dates

Jul 2 to Jul 8

Tuition

$995

Class Size

12