(Re) Discover Black & White Film, 2-Day Class: 9 am - 5 pm Sat & Sun, Feb 2 & 3

My work explores the frictional encounter of two opposites: digital image making, ... and the mysteries of the darkroom, which are sensual and beyond my control.

I like pushing the boundaries of photography. Nowadays, as digital takes over, many artists are returning to analog photography. It echoes what happened when photography took over painting’s role as a faithful recorder of reality. Painting literally took off in new directions. When one medium is replaced by another, it is set free and things start to happen.

- Baptiste Rabichon,
At Arles Festival, 7 Promising Photographers to Watch, N.Y. Times

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

Wet-process methods were the only photographic method for most of history. Learning wet-chemistry photography helps you understand the challenges and choices photographers made prior to the digital era, just as a lab class helps you understand a science or a studio class helps understand another art medium.

Film photography gives you the foundation to explore  alternative processes such as cyanotypes (a relatively easy process) to more challenging wet-plate processes.

There are also hybrid digital-analog workflows. A film negative can be scanned, digitally processed, and printed. Conversely, a digital image can make an inkjet negative for prints using light-sensitive photographic paper, a photopolymer plate, or a photo emulsion silkscreen.

Photographers today continue to work in film and related wet-processes. 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:

  1. The Great Film Renaissance Of 2017 on B&H's website.

  2. This Is Why Film Photography Is Making a Comeback on Time magazine's website.

  3. The increasing popularity of film classes in high schools, High School Darkrooms, Shedding Light on a Vintage Craft.

  4. Striking a Balance Between Film and Digital, B&H website