2015 saw FotoFilmic carry out 2 unique series of 8×10 large format instant-film traveling workshops in collaboration with The Impossible Project. Focusing on artistic portraiture, view camera work and studio lighting applied to the handling, exposure, processing and archiving of TIP’s highly aesthetic 8×10 Black-and-White integral instant film, the FotoFilmic Team traveled both the West & East US coasts by truck carrying all their equipment and visiting 8 prominent photography institutions to reconnect dozens of active photographers to the joys of big, analog, instant film!
January 27, 2017 at SF CAMERAWORK, San Francisco.
September 2, 2016 | Visual Arts Center, Boise State University, Boise, ID
WEST COAST TOUR | GEN 1 JANUARY // APRIL 2015
A first workshop series was offered on the West Coast in the Winter and Spring following the last FotoFilmic’14 Exhibition opening at dnj Galleryin Santa Monica, CA in late January: FotoFilmic then held workshop sessions in San Francisco at SF Camerawork and back at dnj Gallery in Los Angeles, before returning for an additional date in April in Portland, OR at Newspace Center for Photography during Portland Photo Month. At that time all workshop participants were still shooting The Impossible Project’s 1st emulsion generation (aka Gen 1.0) that was true to its ISO 600 speed, offered great tonal range and highlight/shadows details with moderate contrast, but presented several challenges to achieve consistent, predictable results when processed (emulsion peeling, roller marks and background chemical strains). Still unbelievably fun to work with, and beautiful to look at. NOTE: Examples featured here were all shot by workshop attendants and often represent their first attempt at 8×10 portraiture!
EAST COAST TOUR | GEN 2 AUGUST 2015
The second larger summer East Coast Workshop Tour coincided with the 1st FotoFilmic’15 opening in Soho, New York at Sous Les Étoiles Gallery on August 20th: that trip took F/F all the way across North America from tiny Bowen Island, BC, through a 7250 miles & 3-week run visiting the SilverEye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center in Philly, the Griffin Museum of Photography near Boston, MA, and finally in the great New York state the Center for Photography at Woodstock CPW in Woodstock, and Lightwork in Syracuse. Attendance was dropped to 10 participants only per workshops down from 15 to accommodate for the multiple stops and complex event coordination involved. Participants this time shot The Impossible Project’s 2nd emulsion generation (Gen 2.0), which we found significantly improved upon the previous one in terms of handling and processing (no more emulsion peeling and chemical streaking through the rollers). Final results were of higher contrast, with beautiful creamy whites and deep, solid blacks for on overall tighter tonal range. Speed ISO rating was found to be off though by almost 2 full stops (especially when shooting strobes). Similarly all portraits featured were shot by workshop attendants and represent their starting point in 8×10 instant-film portraiture.