Photography, Alchemy and the Artists' Book - Short Course at NTU

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Photography, Alchemy and the Artists' Book - Short Course at NTU, Nottingham Trent University


Nottingham Trent University
19 - 30 July 2021, Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, two weeks

On this course you will create innovative images that combine digital technology with primitive photographic processes.

This practical course combines digital photography, darkroom processes and the self-published artists' book.

You will begin by refreshing your knowledge of digital photography as well as improving your awareness of contemporary photography at a local, national and international level.

You will learn simple and effective darkroom techniques that are used by today's artists and designers.

These techniques will enable you to engage with the past and identify with the history of photography and its early pioneers.

During the course you will:

- learn about alternative photographic processes
- draw on established ideas and principles to develop a personal approach to photography and define your own project
- create innovative images that combine digital technology with primitive photographic processes.

In your second week you will apply this knowledge to exploring craft-based presentation skills, namely the artists' book:

- learn how to select handmade books
- learn the basic techniques of Adobe InDesign to produce effective layouts
- print your work using digital printing methods and learn about the print process
- choose the appropriate binding method for your publication
- hear how artists are using these techniques today
- learn how different methods can be adopted for different audiences
- choose the appropriate method to complete an innovative piece of artwork.

No previous experience is required, although owning a digital camera and knowing the basics of working in manual mode is useful.

By the end of the course you will have put on a mini exhibition of your darkroom prints and created a contemporary hand-crafted book!

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Tutor profiles: Dizzy Ink (Benjamin Kay and Craig Proud) are photographers, designers and image makers who specialise in print and book arts.

As well as teaching at NTU they have their own print studio, Dizzy Ink in Nottingham city centre.

"Great tutors. Great teaching. Great projects." V

Need accommodation for the summer?

You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms.

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