Workshop 4: Out in the Light: Urban Portraiture using Cyanotype Processes
Venue: Fotosynthesis, Lilian Baylis Old School, Lollard Street, London SE11 6PY
Date: Sunday 7 October 2012
Time: 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Equipment: Supplied by Fotosynthesis
Price: £75 / £40 Concessions
The workshop will explore how camera-less photography; embodied experiences and light interact in public/private architectural spaces. We will walk around the neighbourhood that includes the Lambeth Walk, UK Secret Intelligence Service (M16) and the social housing estates that surround Fotosynthesis. Working in small groups, we will combine found objects, architecture and cyanotype photographic processes to create site-specific street portraits and montages. Cyanotype is a simple form of contact printing that generates a cyan-blue print. Participants will work together to make contact prints (in the street) and return to the darkroom to process images during the workshop. The prints will be exhibited at the symposium, Participation in Photography: Memory, Archives and Authorship on the 12th October 2012.
About the tutor
Fotosynthesis is a non-for profit organisation founded by a group of professional photographers and community workers who believe in the social utility of the arts. It aims at giving a voice to marginalised and socially excluded people, providing educational activities and encouraging community cohesion using photography. The organisation was created in 2009, when it refurbished an abandoned darkroom and studio space at the Lillian Baylis School, Kennington, South London and Fotosynthesis offers training and workshops in black and white, digital and alternative photographic processes and also delivers ‘Arts Awards’, an accredited qualification for young people aged 11-25. Fotosynthesis uses participatory methods and media to provide a supportive and inclusive environment where people can develop their critical thinking and visually engage with each other in a stimulating way. Since its inception Fotosynthesis has worked with more than 1300 people in partnership with a variety of organizations such as PhotoVoice, RefugeeYouth, Childrens Society, Ethereld Children Centre, St Guys and Thomas Hospital, New Generation, The Project Factory Network, Sight of Emotion/Ojos que Sienten, Creative Sparkworks, Refuge in Films, Sport Action Zone and Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation. The photographic work created by Fotosynthesis has been included high profile events and exhibitions at the British Film Institute, London, the Royal British Society of Sculptors, London South Bank University, 198 Gallery, London, Rich Mix and the PhotoVoice/Globalnet21 PICS festival 2012: Photographic Images Changing Society. Facilitators include Ingrid Guyon, David Kendall and Valentina Schivardi.
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