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Historical Process/Contemporary Lens with John Opera

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Historical Process/Contemporary Lens with John Opera
June 10 - 14, 2019
M - F 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Summer Institute Workshops are $600 ($575 VSW Members).

How can outmoded forms and processes positively influence photographic practices today? Through conceptually-driven exercises, readings and group discussions, participants in this class are introduced to working methods that encourage cross-disciplinary approaches to both photographic ideas and form. Students experiment with image manipulation on a variety of image supports, investigating the origins of photography and its crossover into contemporary discourse. Cyanotype, Vandyke, anthotype and digital negative techniques are covered.

In his photo-based work, John Opera combines a deep interest in the visual characteristics of natural and scientific phenomena with a rigorous experimental approach to the techniques and apparatuses by which photographs have been defined and produced. Opera often returns to antiquated—but by no means exhausted—photographic tools and processes, including pinhole imaging, and more recently the cyanotype and anthotype.