The contemporary practice of photography has become relatively antiseptic. In pre-digital times, a negative was created, brought into the darkroom, and refined in incremental interpretations until a final print was achieved. This steady evolution of capture to print has been replaced by an almost instantaneous completion. The end product of this process is good, but it lacks something crucial that makes it great. It lacks you!
Join Craig Stevens as you put the photographer back into the print. Our week begins with an assessment of each participant’s goals; we then consider all of the elements that comprise an expressive print. Ansel Adams said, “The negative is the score, the print is the performance,” and that truth becomes evident as a digital image evolves into something more. We finesse each piece to completion, considering all the technical possibilities that further our creative intentions: color, black-and-white, local and overall contrast, burning and dodging, and scale.
While we focus primarily on the archival pigment print, we also examine experimental possibilities, such as custom substrates and image transfer to 3D surfaces. Participants should bring a selection of images that can be edited to produce a suite of prints that reflect their vision.
Through a process of discovery, possibility, and expression, you are challenged to consider your purpose in creating an image—and whether the print statement serves that intent. Expect to push limits, both personal and technical, as you expand your sense of a print's potential.
SPECIAL OFFER: Participants in Craig's workshop will receive a signed original print from Craig!