- Instructor: Mark Citret
- Date: September 29 - October 3, 2020
- Location: Yosemite National Park
- Focus: Field
- Level: Intermediate to Advanced
- Class Limit: 8
- Tuition: $950.00 (Material Fee Included)
- Lodging: From tent cabins to four-diamond luxury, stay close to the action with lodging reservations inside Yosemite Park. Rooms are reserved for participants up to 45 days prior to start of class. Proximity to classes is highly recommended, sessions can run late in the evening and field sessions can start very early.
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Much of the dialogue, not to mention conflict, in photography today is over the question of “traditional vs. digital” photography. The workshop, “Silver and Pixels”, explores in practice how these two approaches to photography can work together to make photography a larger and more versatile means of expression than it has ever been, rather than as a source of intramural debate. The fact that it takes place in the spectacular setting of Yosemite Valley, during the transition into the fall season, is certainly a bonus.
The emphasis in “Silver and Pixels” is helping each participant hone their skills to their own particular photographic vision. The workshop welcomes photographers using either or both traditional film-based or digital photography, and will cover techniques applicable in both domains. In particular there will be discussion and demonstration of ways both traditional and digital photography can overlap and compliment one another. As an example, the ability to scan traditional negatives, black and white or color, and then work with the resulting files in Photoshop, has created a new “hybrid” in photography that can take advantage of the strengths of both film and digital. This can be of benefit to all photographers, whether they are making silver prints, alternative prints such as platinum/palladium, or inkjet prints.
There will be field trips to strategic locations throughout the valley enabling the participants to experience and photograph the valley and the seasonal attractions mentioned above, as well as provide the opportunity for instructor demonstrations and one-on-one help on location. Class time will be divided between critiques, lectures, and demonstrations relating to various aspects of film and digital photography, and how they might compliment one another.
Lecture/Demonstration subjects will include:
- Shooting film or digital toward a common printing process
- Scanning film for “digital darkroom”
- Printing options
- 1. Alternative (such as platinum/palladium)
- 2. Silver
- 3. Ink / Pigment
One day of the workshop will be devoted to individual sessions with the instructor. In this 45 minute session, each student is free to choose the agenda-- it is usually a private print critique, but it may be on anything photography related that the student chooses. This is a very important part of the workshop, as it gives each participant the opportunity to fine tune his or her questions and concerns and get direct and immediate feedback from the instructor.
In the evenings students will have time to work on what was shot during each day. For those shooting film, the darkroom will be open for film processing, so that negatives will be available for class presentation and discussion. For those shooting digital, each evening will be a time to download work onto their laptops and edit work for subsequent workshop presentation and critique.
Mark Citret was born in 1949 in Buffalo, New York, and grew up in San Francisco. His serious involvement with photography began in 1968, and he received both his BA (1973) and MA (1979) from San Francisco State University.
He has worked on several extended photographic projects over the years. From 1973 to 1975 he lived in Halcott Center, New York, a farming valley in the Catskill Mountains. In the mid 80s he began a project with the working title of “Unnatural Wonders,” which is his personal survey of architecture in the national parks. Most recently, he spent four years photographing “Coastside Plant,” a massive construction site in San Francisco. Since 1986, when he moved to his current location, he has been photographing the ever-changing play of ocean and sky from the cliff behind his house.
Mark has taught photography at the University of California, Berkeley Extension since 1982, and the University of California, Santa Cruz Extension since 1988. His work is in many museum, corporate, and private collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, the University of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography, Bank of America, Pacific Bell, and Hewlett Packard.
For the last twenty years he has had an architectural photography business in the San Francisco Bay Area, photographing for architects, builders, and architectural magazines.