For the past three Saturdays this April, I’ve been teaching a workshop on historic photographic processes for the Telfair-Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah. With a great group of enthusiastic students, we learned about historic processes such as daguerreotype, wet plate collodion, tintype, and ambrotype, and looked at contemporary artists who work in historic processes, such as Sally Mann and Robb Kendrick. We also visited the concurrent Philip Perkis show at the Jepson, an exciting and comprehensive retrospective of the photographer’s work and got a chance to view both historic and contemporary daguerreotypes at Iocovozzi Fine Art.
The students shot with a pinhole camera and we used these images, as well as some digital capture images, to create “faux-types,” using a modified version of the process I use in my mixed media on vintage tile work. It was a fun workshop to teach, thanks to the positive attitude of the participants and the generous support of the Telfair Museum staff. Please enjoy these images from the class (click to enlarge)!
Photos by Bevin Valentine
“While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.”— Dorothea Lange