Project Basho Newsletter, October '09: Daguerre and Onward



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-Upcoming Exhibition: "Flawless Lakes" by Takashi Arai-

Takashi Arai's first US show, "Flawless Lakes" features 20 daguerreotypes plus large scale color prints. These peaceful images were taken in Hokaido in the northern part of Japan. The opening reception for "Flawless Lakes" is November 12th at 7:00pm.

Takashi Arai's visit to the US will coincide with the Daguerreian Society's Annual Conference which will be held in Philadelphia this year. In conjunction with this event, Arai will be teaching a workshop on creating daguerreotypes at our studio November 7th and 8th. We will also be hosting a panel discussion with Takashi Arai and other contemporary practitioners on Friday, November 13th.

-ONWARD's Steady Growth-

ONWARD '10, our annual competition for emerging photographers, has been gaining quite a bit of followers since the launch this month. On Facebook alone, we have reached over 800 fans in two weeks, and the momentum is still going strong. Check it out and explore the network of ONWARD photographers.

We are already getting submissions from photographers in the US as well as other parts of the world. The first submission came from Stan in Seattle. We will soon feature his work on the ONWARD blog.
Additionally, we are working on a few feature stories related to ONWARD including interviews with Debbie Fleming Caffery, this year's juror and Andy Adams from Flak Photo, (, our media sponsor this year. Stay tuned for these new blog posts via Facebook or Twitter!

-Affordable Digital Lab Underway-

We are steadily building a digital lab for those who need access to high-end digital equipment. We are about to introduce a workstation with an Epson 9880 printer, a Cezzane 14x22 flatbed scanner, and an Epson 3880 printer as well. This equipment will be available on an affordable hourly rate. The details will follow soon.

-Inquire Within: We Are Hiring!-

Our educational programs are growing and we are actively expanding the range of classes and workshops that we offer. We are currently seeking instructors looking to share their experience and knowledge with others on a contract basis.
Qualified candidates should have teaching experience on a college level or in a continuing education setting. Proficiency should include the workflow of digital photography from shooting in Raw files to processing in Lightroom. A good understating of layers and masks in Photoshop is also mandatory.

We are also seeking proposals for new workshops. Our workshops are usually held on weekends and are topic specific providing intensive learning experiences for participants. We are always looking for new ideas for exciting workshops.

All proposals and resume submissions should be directed to

-Upcoming Events-

Shooting Excursion
October 31st
Admission: Open to Project Basho members and current students
Once a semester, we invite members and students to join us for a day of photographing and inspiration. Students and members will be notified shortly about details on the location and time.

Informal Critique
November 1st, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Admission: Free
Our bi-monthly informal critique is scheduled for Sunday, November 1st at 4 pm. If you have a photography project or simply a collection of photographs which you would like to share, this would be a great opportunity to meet like-minded photographers. If you are interested in the occasion, please contact us.

Opening Reception: "Flawless Lakes"
November 12th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Admission: Free
Join us for a reception celebrating the contemporary daguerreotypes of Takashi Arai.

Panel Discussion on Daguerreotypes
November 13th
Admission: $10 ($5 for Project Basho members and students)

-Upcoming Classes & Workshops-

Introduction to Color Printing (Day Class: Mondays, November 2 - 23)
- This four-week class is for those who want to make color prints in the darkroom from negatives.

Photoshop for Photographers II (Evening Class: Wednesdays, November 4 - December 2, Day Class: Wednesdays, November 4 - December 2)
- This course will deliver a broad understanding of the core tools in Photoshop along with important introductions to digital imaging concepts.

Learning Your Digital SLR (One-Day Class, Saturday, November 21)
- This class will show you how to take advantage of the most modern sophisticated cameras for your creative needs.

Learning Your Digital SLR II (One-Day Class, Sunday, November 22)
- In this class, students will explore more advanced usage of modern sophisticated digital Single Lens Reflex cameras.

Creating Large Negatives with Large Cameras (Three-Day Workshop, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 30, 31 & November 1)
- In this hands-on three-day workshop, students will work with large and ultra-large format cameras to experience the making of large negatives and learn the advantages of different formats.

Contemporary Daguerreotype (Three-Day Workshop, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 6, 7 & 8)
- This hands-on workshop will introduce you to creating daguerreotypes with a modern approach.

Intermediate Wet-Plate Collodion (Two-Day Workshop, Saturday & Sunday, November 14 & 15)
- This class is an opportunity for those with collodion experience to broaden their understanding of the process.
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