When “senior” photographers like me will be past, who will keep classic photography alive?
Who am I
My skills about photography come from far. I started with chemistry when I was just a kid. In the early 80’s I was playing with film and darkroom. Then I became a professional. I crossed four decades of photography. I’ve seen the film dying, Photoshop arriving, the digital camera growing, the computers taking over the developing machines and enlargers. I’ve seen darkrooms dismantled. I had to drop my Rolleiflex cameras for to dedicate myself to the infinite and boring world of computer science…
I’m experienced as a teacher also. Along with my job as a free-lance professional photographer I have been committed with teaching photography for American universities and with a school of my own, TheDarkroom Academy, still running today under a new company. I had literally thousands of students in my classes, met so many people from all over the World, learnt a lot from them as well as given back a great part of my know-how.
My fields of expertise where commercial photography, including product, still-life and architectural photography, photojournalism and documentary photography, including war photography. It’s certainly war photography, which I today abandoned for good, that lead me to turn my camera towards architectures and landscapes. They are so quiet, they don’t rush away.
My experience to share with you
I’ve always been a strong supporter of analog photography indeed. Several years ago I quitted with commercial photography and I restarted my analog life, thanks to calotype, salt paper printing, wet plate collodion and other printing techniques such as cyanotype, Van Dyke, albumen paper and so on. A glass negative is a magic I can’t make it without. My “analogue” life has taken the shape of alternative photography processes.
So, here I am. My skills are about every “analog” or “chemical” technique you like and I’m willing to share them with you for to keep classic photography alive. Because, once “senior” photographers like me will be over, who can keep classic photography alive?
That’s what I’m going to share with you here: all what I know about analog photography, alternative processes, black and white gelatine photography, how to do all of that with poor means, and even without means sometimes!
Why patronizing me?
Art requires commitment and… money! I want to restart my parked salt-paper projects, to start new ones on collodion, to make videos and articles about all the techniques I know, run workshops on these subjects, share my expertise.
I can’t do that without support. I can’t achieve that on myself alone. I need your support for reaching those goals. That’s why I’m looking forward to begin this new adventure of my life with you.