Project Basho Newsletter August '10: Welcoming Photographic Diversity

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    Mar 23, 2009
    A Variety of Educational Experiences

    It is hard to believe that summer is almost over but with the cool days comes a packed schedule of exciting classes and workshops at Project Basho. As our education program continues to grow and transform, one of the most exciting aspects is the diversity of viewpoints and backgrounds represented by our visiting instructors. This semester's instructors come from all over the states, employ an array of photographic processes, and bring their own unique style to image-making and teaching.

    We are pleased to announce that acclaimed fine art and documentary photographer Larry Fink will be visiting Project Basho in December to teach The Emotional Lens, a newly developed critique-based workshop. Fink brings with him a distinguished career of over 45 years as a photographer and educator and will lead a weekend-long portfolio review. Over the course of the weekend, participants will critically examine their creative approach, their impulse for making new images, and their personal artistic history and goals.

    We are happy to have Craig J. Barber return to Project Basho this October to teach Cultural Landscape. Barber is a documentary landscape photographer working exclusively with the pinhole format. He has photographed landscapes around the world documenting the transformations, both cultural and environmental, that accompany social changes like globalization and war.

    Nature photographer and environmental activist Michael Hogan will be heading to the Pine Barrens this fall to lead Exploring Historic Batsto Village, a shooting-based workshop that will investigate a preserved colonial-era metalworking village and the surrounding ecology. Hogan recently spoke with an Inquirer reporter about concerns for the environmental health of the ecosystem and was featured in a story on

    These are just a few of the talented artists that will be visiting our studio this fall. For a full listing of our fall offerings, please visit our classes and workshops page.

    Last Chance for Early Registration Discount

    Only one week remains to take advantage of our special Early Registration Discount! All students who register and pay in full for any fall semester offering will receive $25 off tuition. To register or get more info about any of our classes or workshops, please visit our webpage or simply contact us directly.

    Other ways to earn a discount of up to 10% include becoming a Friend of Project Basho, signing up for two classes in a semester, or referring a friend to take the same class with you.

    A Token of Thanks

    We have recently been receiving many excellent online reviews from students and other participants in our program. It feels great to hear back from the community we serve and as a small token of appreciation to anyone who writes a review we would like to offer a collotype postcard featuring images by Kiyoshi Hasegawa and printed by Benrido, a fine collotype studio in Kyoto.

    Collotype printing is a photo-mechanical process that dates back to the mid-19th century. First, a glass plate is covered with gelatin and a light sensitive solution. The plate is then exposed to an image, changing the gelatin's ability to hold ink depending on where light has hit. This photographically originated plate is then inked and run through a printing press creating an ink-based image with exceptional tonal range. To see the process from start to finish, take a look at this video filmed at Benrido.

    To share your experience as a student, darkroom user, or in any other capacity and receive your own collotype postcard, please visit Google or InsiderPages. Send us an email with your address once you have done so and we will be happy to send you a postcard.

    Opportunities at Project Basho

    Project Basho is currently seeking dedicated individuals to join our team of studio monitors and office assistants. These positions are an excellent opportunity to join a community of enthusiastic photographers, learn more about photographic processes, and get access to photography equipment. Volunteers are compensated through use of our facilities and discounts on our educational offerings.

    For more information on monitoring at Project Basho or to complete an online application, please visit our opportunities page.

    Spotlight on Friends of Project Basho

    Geoffrey Agrons' work was recently featured in IdN's publication The New Twenties. He is also in several upcoming shows including Managed Landscapes, Vermont Photo Space Gallery, Essex Junction, VT and Signature Artists Exhibition, Noyes Museum of Art at Stockton State College, Oceanville, NJ (Opens: Sep 10; Reception: Oct 8 at 5pm).

    If you are a member of Friends of Project Basho and have upcoming shows, book releases, or other photography-related news, let us know.

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