Professional course in Fine Art Analogue Photography

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The course in Fine Art Analogue Photography –“L’Immagine Possibile” – lasts 9 months, with a total of 360 hours distributed over 2/3 lessons per week, and a total of 40 hours of lessons per month.

The Camera

  • The Darkroom.
  • The various different types of camera, and their formats.
  • The Large Format camera.
  • The Reflex camera.
  • The Rangefinder camera.
  • The Diaphragm (Aperture).
  • The Shutter.
  • The Lens and its characteristics.

The History of Photography

  • The origins of photographic processing.
  • Niepce , Daguerre, Fox Talbot.
  • The revolution of Collodion wet plate.
  • Silver gelatin and modern photography.
  • Pictorialism.
  • The pioneers of Photojournalism.
  • Mattew Brady, Timothy O’Sullivan.
  • Pure photography.
  • Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston, Paul Strand.
  • Ansel Adams and the f/64 group.
  • The genius of Man Ray and Laslo Moholy-Nagy.
  • The artistic odyssey of Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Lee Friedlander.
  • The Magnum Agency and the new Photojournalism.
  • French humanist photography: Bresson, Ronis, Brassai, Doisneau.
  • The metaphoric photography of Minor White.
  • The Chicago School.
  • The new photography of American Landscape: Lewis Baltz, Robert Adams, Stephen Shore, William Eggleston.
  • The 70’s in Italy:  Mario Giacomelli, Guido Guidi, Mario Cresci, Franco Vaccari, Luigi Ghirri.

Film and Exposure

  • Black and White film: characteristics and composition.
  • Film sensitivity.
  • Film grain.
  • Film formats.
  • Roll-film and flat film.
  • Spectral sensitivity.
  • Exposure in analogue photography.
  • Correct exposure of a photo taking into account light intensity: The Sunny 16 Rule.
  • Daylight.
  • Quality of Daylight.
  • Artificial Light.
  • Exposure with Flash.
  • Light-meter and its correct use.
  • Reading the Grey Card.
  • Exposure Values.
  • Infrared film and its use.
  • Exposure factors.
  • Reciprocity rule.
  • The K Factor.
  • Theory and Practice of Architectural photography, Photojournalism, Still-Life and Narrative Art.

The Darkroom: Development processes

  • Developing black and white roll film.
  • Developing Large Format film.
  • Exposure scales and paper grades.
  • Graduated photographic printing papers.
  • Multigrade printing papers.
  • Gloss and Fiber-based papers.
  • Contact printing: tests.
  • Printing enlargements.
  • Pre-exposure in printing.
  • Condenser Enlarger v Diffuser Enlarger.

The Darkroom: Advanced Techniques

  • Pre-visualisation of the image.
  • Ansel Adams’ Zone System.
  • Dynamic Gamma and Superficial Gamma.
  • Exposure with the Zone System.
  • Elements of Sensitometry.
  • Photo Filters – how and when to use them.
  • Pre-exposure.
  • Fine grain v High acutance Developers.
  • Pyrogallol development.
  • Pushing and Pulling.
  • Dodging and Burning.
  • Developing with Warm tone and Cool tone.
  • Tints for etching and sulphurization.
  • Antique print techniques.
  • Albumen silver printing.
  • Archive processing of prints and negatives.
  • Retouching.
  • Conservation.

The Fine Art Analogue Photography course includes the development of a student / teacher project, with a collective theme, which will conclude with a final exhibition of the work produced during the school year. The chosen theme will be illustrated through studying various photographic genres: Architectural photography, Photojournalism, Still-Life and Narrative Art.

Professional Course in Fine Art Photography

Level: Basic.

Start date: 28th October 2019 (until July 24th 2020) / 26th October 2020 (until July 30th 2021)

Hours: 10 hours a week.