Introduction to Architectural Photography with David Erickson: April 25 & May 2, 6, 9

All rights reserved by David Erickson.

All rights reserved by David Erickson.

I control what I call, the visual acoustics.
                               Julius Shulman, 2008

Only two openings left in this class as of Tuesday, March 28!

PhotoMidwest is excited to offer our first architectural photography class in several years. Architectural photographer David Erickson is the Third Thursday speaker for March and will teach a four session introductory class on architectural photography starting on Tuesday, April 25.

Learn the history and nature of architectural photography, its technical requirements, and how to meet them. Consider how your intent affects the the way you compose your photograph and how you light it. The class includes an in-the-field class photographing the exterior and interior of a building.

David is a member of the Association of Independent Architectural Photographers and has contributed to architectural journals, magazines and international architectural exhibits. He has also been treating, restoring and digitizing architectural drawings at the Wisconsin Historical Society for about 6 years, processing about 4,000 drawings so far. His website is

For more information and to enroll, go to the PhotoMidwest online Store's Introduction to Architectural Photography with David Erickson.

(Re) Discover Black & White Film: May 13, 20 & June 3; optional May 27 lab

Why is film photography, particularly black and white film photography, undergoing a resurgence? The reasons are many and you may enroll in (Re) Discover Black and White Film for any of them.

For the student of photography, wet-process methods were the only way to create photographs for most of history.  To understand the challenges and choices photographers made prior to the digital era, you need to do wet-chemistry photography, just as you need to take a laboratory course to understand the science or a studio class to understand an art medium.

Film offers a variety of hybrid digital-analog workflows. A film negative can be scanned to then be digitally processed and printed. Conversely, a digital capture can produce an inkjet negative used to contact print on light-sensitive photographic paper or burn a photopolymer plate.

Film photography also gives you the foundation to explore other alternative processes such as cyanotypes (a relatively easy process) to more challenging wet-plate processes such as wet-plate collodian, tintype, ambrotype, or salt albumin printing.

Photographers today continue to work in film and related wet-processes. The Madison Museum of Conterporary Art's Reconfigured Reality: Contemporary Photography from the Permanent Collection has works by Wisconsin's own Shimon & Lindeman, Alec Soth, and Paul Baker Prindle, who all choose to use large format film or other wet-process image captures.

 Last and the most nebulous, film provides a different "look" to an image that is difficult to describe. Gain insight into this by exposing, developing, and printing your own images.

PhotoMidwest's (Re) Discover Black and White Film class will start you on your journey and give you the training to use one of the few wet darkrooms in Madison.

For more about the resurgence of film photography, see The Great Film Renaissance Of 2017 .