B&W Group

Welcome to the Latow Black & White Group

bw_groupIn our world of "need it now" and instant feedback, I am often asked, "Why not digital?" The answer is in the process. Traditional Black & White photography is a process, from the moment of image conception through to the presentation of the final print.

You can argue the same about digital processes as well, but therein lies the choice. The slow process of wet darkroom based photography and printing has it's own set of challenges and rewards, many of which are not reproducible by other means and some of which are. Then, there is the print or image itself. A good friend of mine said that the difference between a B&W portrait and a colour portrait, is the eyes. In colour, you see the eyes, in B&W, you see the person.

The absence of colour results in a curious blend of texture, highlights and shadows that end in a story, or is that where the story begins?

The Latow Photographer's guild is blessed with the last community darkroom in the Golden Horseshoe. It is a professional space located at the Art Gallery of Burlington including 11 enlarger stations, two capable of up to 4x5 negatives and a sink large enough to process 20" x 24" prints.

Don Mallory "imaginemallory [AT] gmail [DOT] com" and @MonochromeAttic on Twitter.

The Sabbatier Effect – Hands-on Workshop – February 28, 2017 – 7:30-10:00pm

The Black and White group will be moving back into a Tuesday time slot this month and presenting a hands-on workshop on producing prints using the Sabbatier effect.

This process was identified by Armand Sabbatier in 1860, involving partial solarization of high contrast prints, during the development process.

This hands-on workshop is open to all Latow members regardless of skill level. Bring a black & white film negative, or use one that we have for learning purposes. Chemistry and paper will be provided.

More information about the effect and history can be found here.

Open Studio Workshops – Darkroom – Sundays Oct-Mar – 1-4pm

Have you been wondering where the Black & White group has disappeared to?  We're still here, hiding in the dark as usual.

This fall and winter, the program will primarily be an open studio workshop based model.

An open studio means just that. It's open. Chemistry for printing is provided, paper is your responsibility, however I have paper and you are welcome to reimburse me, at cost. I will be working through my process and you are welcome to join.

Any guidance or help that you need is absolutely available, just ask, don't feel uncomfortable. If there is a process (basic printing, contact sheets, maximum black, f-stop printing, push or pull processing, solarization, sabbatier, toning) that you are interested in or curious about, ask. If you prefer pinhole, bring your camera, work through your process.

If you just want to work through a few prints and feel uncomfortable coming into the darkroom on your own to set up, this is a perfect and safe opportunity to get accustomed to working in the space.

This year is about building confidence and experience.

I will be in the darkroom on the following Sundays from 1-4pm for open workshops:

Sep 18, Sep 25, Oct 2, Oct 9, Oct 30, Nov 6, Nov 13, Nov 20, Nov 27, Dec 4, Dec 11 Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 26 and Mar 5.

You can find the most up to date info on the planned activities by following me on Twitter, @MonochromeAttic.

Culture Days Event – Intro to Black & White Printing Workshops – Oct 1, 2 – 1-4pm

In partnership with the Art Gallery of Burlington, the first Latow B&W Group program of the 2016/7 season is an introduction to printing in black and white.

This workshop is open to the public.

This is a hands-on workshop that will introduce new participants to the process of enlarging and printing photographic images from negatives in a traditional wet darkroom at the Art Gallery of Burlington. Attendees will be introduced to safe practices in the darkroom, print developing chemistry and equipment and the process of producing a silver gelatin print.

Bring out a black & white film negative to work with. (Don't have any, but still interested? Come out, there are negatives available for learning printing processes as well!

All public participants will be limited to one print per person to ensure as many people have an opportunity as possible. For Latow members, this is also a volunteer opportunity.

Curious what you will find in the darkroom? Check it out on Twitter.

World Pinhole Photography Day – April 24, 2016 – 1-4pm

Sunday April 24th is World Pinhole Photography Day. In 2015, 3450 people posted their pinhole images from around the world.
Do you have a pinhole camera? Did you build one during our recent workshop? Come out, to the darkroom at the Art Gallery of Burlington between 1-4pm.
Paper and chemistry will be provided. There will be materials to build a camera if you have time, but just like any new piece of photographic equipment, it is always interesting when you test it on the day of a shoot!

Pinhole Camera – A Hands-on Camera Building Workshop – March 29, 2016 – 7:30-10pm

Pinhole cameras are a variation of the camera obscura, are the simplest of photographic tool. There is no lens, only an aperture. The shutter is whatever you use to cover the aperture. Nearly anything can be used for your camera body, from a shoebox to a cube van.
On Tuesday March 29th, we will be building pinhole cameras in the Photo Studio at the Art Gallery of Burlington. You will need to bring a cylinder (i.e. a coffee, drink crystal or other can) or small box. Cardboard is easier to work with than metal, but both will work.
Do you have a fear of analogue photography but are still curious? No problem. Bring a body cap that you are willing to drill a hole in, and we can turn that shiny new digital behemoth into a 2000 year old camera that produces wonderfully dreamy images. Don’t worry, you will still be able to capture thousands more than your analogue counterparts.
We will be returning on Sunday April 24th, World Pinhole Photography Day to use our newly created tools, along with thousands of other pinhole enthusiasts around the world.

 

“The Print” – Black & White Printing Workshop – Nov 1, 2015 – 1-5pm

As a nod to the shoulders of giants on which we stand as we create photographic works today, these three workshops, The Camera, The Negative and The Print, will be an introduction to film photography for those who have forgotten, have returned, or are starting fresh. These workshops will be of interest to neophyte photographers as well as more experienced practitioners.

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"The Print" is a hands-on workshop that will introduce new participants to the process of enlarging and printing photographic images from negatives in a traditional wet darkroom at the Art Gallery of Burlington. Attendees will be introduced to safe practices in the darkroom, print developing chemistry and equipment and the process of producing a silver gelatin print. Experienced attendees will be introduced to more advanced printing techniques such as split grade printing.

This workshop is open to anyone with an interest to learn traditional black & white printing processes.

Bring a roll of black & white film negatives to work with. (Don't have any, but still interested? Get in touch, there are negatives available for learning printing processes as well!)

You need to sign up for this workshop. To do so, you will need to email and confirm your availability

Preference will be given to those that attended "The Camera" and "The Negative" workshops.

“The Negative” – Film Developing Workshop – Oct 18, 2015 – 1-4pm

As a nod to the shoulders of giants on which we stand as we create photographic works today, these three workshops, The Camera, The Negative and The Print, will be an introduction to film photography for those who have forgotten, have returned, or are starting fresh. These workshops will be of interest to neophyte photographers as well as more experienced practitioners.

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"The Negative" is a hands-on workshop that will introduce new participants to the process of developing analogue film in a traditional wet darkroom at the Art Gallery of Burlington. Attendees will be introduced to safe practices in the darkroom, film developing chemistry and equipment and the process of developing film. Experienced attendees will be introduced to more advanced film developing techniques.

You need to sign up for this workshop. To do so, you will need to email and confirm your availability.

Preference will be given to those that attended "The Camerawalking workshop. Those that did, will have a roll or two of Eastman Double X 5222 film to develop. If you did not make the walking workshop, but have have a roll of black & white film that you would like to develop, please get in touch with me. You may still be able to take part in this workshop.

 

Speaker: Kathryn Adams – Licensing and Copyright of Artwork – Dec. 15, 2015

Kathryn Adams is an professional illustrator and a professor at OCAD. She is also one of the few folks in the Canadian art industry that is actively aware and regularly speaks on the topic of licensing and copyright of artwork. While her usual audience is illustrators, these issues directly affect photographers in the same ways and perhaps moreso.

She has agreed to come to Latow to speak on his very topic and open our eyes to the impacts of the choices we make when, where and how we present our images in a public forum, especially so when online.

“The Camera” – Walking Workshop – Sept 27, 2015

As a nod to the shoulders of giants on which we stand as we create photographic works today, these three workshops, The Camera, The Negative and The Print, will be an introduction to film photography for those who have forgotten, have returned, or are starting fresh. These workshops will be of interest to neophyte photographers as well as more experienced practitioners.

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"The Camera", will take us on a walking workshop. We will meet in historic Downtown Hamilton, on Sunday September 27th at 1pm at a location to be communicated to folks who sign up for this workshop.

Bring your 35mm film camera, manual, auto-magic, or somewhere in between. Don't have a film camera? That's okay, I have a few available that have been generously donated over the last year or three by a number of very kind people to loan for the day.

We will cover basic camera operation including things to look for when you are buying a used camera, we will load up a hand-rolled Eastman Double X 5222 film roll into the camera, and we will explore the local area, it's architecture, history and people. Once we have run out of film (all 24 exposures, use them wisely), we will stop in at a local cafe for a beverage and to review our experiences.

Bad weather makes great photography, so this workshop is rain or shine.

You need to sign up for this workshop. To do so, you will need to email and confirm your availability.

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So, the big question. What is Eastman Double X film?  Thanks to the folks at the Film Photography Project, who have been re-rolling this black & white 200ISO Motion Picture film onto smaller (100 foot!) rolls. My order is in, and it should be here will in time for the workshop. This film was used in motion pictures such as Casino Royale (James Bond) and Schindler's List. It just happens that you can process this versatile film in off-the-shelf chemistry! You can find Eastman Double-X film at the Film Photography Project Store.