Shadows: Traditional Photography Techniques in a Digital World
18th May 2015: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Camberwell College of Art, Wilson Campus Lecture Theatre , 45-65 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UF
The Photography and the Archive Research Centre at London College of Communication and Camberwell College of Art are working with the London Alternative Photography Collective to create a symposium exploring the use of traditional photography processes by contemporary artists and researchers. This symposium will be part of the Moose on the Loose Biennale of Research in May 2015 and is programmed byMelanie King, Director of the London Alternative Photography Collective.
Over the last year, there has been a resurgence of interest in alternative photography processes in the UK and Europe, notably at Unseen Photo Festival (Amsterdam), Brighton Photo Biennial, Michael Hoppen Gallery, (London), London Analogue Festival, Analogue Mania (Romania), Nord Photography (Norway), Revelat Festival 2014 (Barcelona), Analog Photography Berlin and the Dutch Alternative Photography Collective.
Internationally, alternative photography processes are also being explored widely within the education programmes of organisations including the Center for Alternative Photography (New York), George Eastman House, and the Goa Centre for Alternative Photography (GOA-CAP), Gold Street Studios in Australia and Photo Gallery International, Tokyo.
With the emergence of new products from Silverprint, The Impossible Project, Lomography and Bostick and Sullivan, supplying chemistry and kits across the globe, these alternative processes are becoming more prolific and influential.
Successful crowdfunding campaigns such as New 55 Film, TheAffordable Large Format Camera and FILM Ferrania have accelerated this process.
Melanie King, convener of Shadows, and Director of the London Alternative Photography Collective, is a contemporary visual artist using alternative photography processes. Having identified a need for a forum to discuss alternative photography processes in the UK, she founded the London Alternative Photography Collective in 2013.
Meetings and discussions held at Doomed Gallery, Dalston have made alternative photography methods accessible to a wider group and have dispelled some of the mystique around them. The LAPC has consistently provided both monthly artist talks by emerging and established artists, and opportunities to exhibit (See: London Pinhole Festival), attracting the attention of the photographic press and the visual arts community.
Melanie has taught affordable (or free) alternative photography workshops at Ditto Press, Brighton Photo Biennale, Doomed Gallery and London College of Communication. In January 2015, Melanie and colleague Jaden Hastings created a world record sized cyanotype at The Story of Light Festival in Goa, India.
This conference will be of interest to visual artists and photographers, technicians, academics, curators, archivists and historians, and will be the first in-depth public discussion of this new movement within the sphere of the photographic imaginary and contemporary visual arts practice.
9.00: Registration & Coffee
9.25 Opening Remarks and Conference Introductions – Melanie King (Shadows Symposium Convener, Director of the LAPC)
9.45-10.30: Keynote: Martin Barnes (Senior Curator of Photographs at the Victoria & Albert Museum)
10.30: Martin Newth (Fine Art Programme Director at Chelsea College of Art)
10.50: Chiara Ambrosio (Lecturer in History and The Philosophy of Science at UCL)
11.20 – 11.35: Break
11.35: Rob Ball & Karen Shepherdson (Co-Directors of Obsolete Studios)
11.55: Joanna Love (Course Director of MA Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art)
12.15: Anais Tondeur (Visual Artist, Represented by GV Art Gallery.)
12:45 – 1.30: Picnic/Lunch
1.30 – 2.15: Keynote II: Steve MacLeod (Director of Metro Imaging, Professor of Photography at University Campus Suffolk)
2.15: Tom Hunter (Professor of Photography at London College of Communication)
2.35: Constanza Isaza Martinez (Co-Director of Lux Darkroom)
3.00 – 3.20: Break
3.20: Corinne Silva (Research Fellow, Photography and the Archive Research Centre, London College of Communication)
3.45: David Blackmore (Lecturer in Photography, The University of Westminster)
4.15 – 4.30: Break
4.30 – 5.00: Key Note III: Paul Coldwell (Professor of Fine Art & Printmaking at Chelsea College of Art)
5.00 – 5.30: Panel Discussion with Almudena Romero, Jon Clair and Oscar Dunbar. Chaired by Melanie King.
Find out more at: lapc.format.com & www.photographyresearchcentre.co.uk
Programmed by the London Alternative Photography Collective, with PARC.