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Nick Veasey

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Runtime - length of the film: 9m08s
Language: english
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For 20 years British photographer Nick Veasey has been into X-ray photography.
 
He was born in 1962 and began his career in the advertising and design industry. Nowadays many international advertising campaigns use his unique artwork.
 
Veasey also collaborates with Photoshop artists to create photo simulations from his X-ray imaging.
 
FotoTV. interviewed him at Fotofever 2013 in Paris. He presents an overview of his artistic work.

Mark Arbeit

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m51s
Language: english
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Three Boys from Pasadena

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Mark Arbeit is one of the three Boys of Pasadena, he lives in Hawaii. From there he looks back on his previous career as photographer. He learned his artisanry from scratch and he spent most of his time not in Lightroom but in the darkroom. Today Mark Arbeit has chum up with the advantages of digital image editing, and he developed a method of combining digital with analogue work. But in his photographer's heart he stays being an advocate of the darkroom.

In our FotoTV. interview he talks about a project that he wanted to realize before the darkroom would be closed forever: Nude photographe with very big roles of photogram paper. Mark shows us the awesome deliverables of that project and he talks about the production workflow.

Besides he presents his other projects like "Torso" or "Polajunk", where we can take a look at the results of successful combining digital with analogue.

Printing in the Atelier Lucien Clergue

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Runtime - length of the film: 19m40s
Language: english
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We go back in time with Katharine Cooper and analogue photography.

Cooper is a laboratory worker at atelier Lucien Clergue in Arles where she produces enlarged copies of the famous french photographer.

She guides through archiving the precious negatives and presents images that demand precise skill to magnify in the darkroom.

The Fine Print

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Runtime - length of the film: 3m27s
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Finally, the fine print has been done. It is presented with a white cardboard frame that enhances the beauty of the photography. Fred Picker comments that the hard part of making photography is not to shoot the camera or to spend many hours in the darkroom; the hard part is to take the correct decisions in order to get the print that the photographer visualized when the photo was taken. Fred Picker was involved in manufacturing of 4 x 5 and 8 x 10 large format field cameras.

He taught a highly successful photography class known as "The Zone VI Workshop," and authored a book by the same name that has become recognized as the golden standard of photographic instruction. His uncanny sense of "photographer's intuition” and his passion for the art was a unique combination. Always opinionated and oft times controversial, his dedication to large format and black and white photography was unsurpassed.

Final Adjustments

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m26s
Language: english
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The photography that Fred Picker printed in the previous film in carefully analysed. He is able, once again, to find new possible improvements in some small areas of the photography. He takes notes of this new burning and dodging necessities, and he makes the new print. This one is finally accepted as the one that he visualized when he took the picture.

However, everything is not done yet. He explains the effect of the dray down factor, and how it should be compensated. At the end of the film, Fred Picker mentioned the importance of a good washer process and the convenience of toning the photography.

Fred Picker was involved in manufacturing of 4 x 5 and 8 x 10 large format field cameras.. He taught a highly successful photography class known as "The Zone VI Workshop," and authored a book by the same name that has become recognized as the golden standard of photographic instruction. His uncanny sense of "photographer's intuition” and his passion for the art was a unique combination. Always opinionated and oft times controversial, his dedication to large format and black and white photography was unsurpassed.

Burning & Dodging

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Runtime - length of the film: 5m08s
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In the previous film, Fred Picker made new prints of those small areas that he imagined that could be improved by changing the original printer time. He explained the importance of taking precise notes about where more (burning) or less (dodging) exposition should be given in order to produce a much better photography. Now, he simply follows the recipe and, in a very systematic way, shows us how to print the photography just burning and dodging in those areas that he previously selected.

Picker was involved in manufacturing of 4 x 5 and 8 x 10 large format field cameras.. He taught a highly successful photography class known as "The Zone VI Workshop," and authored a book by the same name that has become recognized as the golden standard of photographic instruction. His uncanny sense of "photographer's intuition” and his passion for the art was a unique combination. Always opinionated and oft times controversial, his dedication to large format and black and white photography was unsurpassed.

Refining the Print

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Runtime - length of the film: 9m58s
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So far, Fred Picker has shown us how he gets a correct basic exposure, find the right high value, make pilot prints and then choose the appropriate contrast paper from a negative.

In this film, he carefully examines the pilot print that he had previously chosen and finds ways to improve the photograph. He suggests that the photograph be printed in different tones of Black and White, usually fifteen, from his experience. He derives these different tones by increasing the exposure time from the standard 27 seconds in increments of 3. He chooses the area of the picture he wants to compare and makes prints by increasing the exposure time. He then places the result over the chosen pilot print and does a comparative study on the tones and colours of the result with that of the pilot print. Its interesting to note his comments on the various black, white and grey tones. He repeats this process as much as it is needed. It is also important to observe how he systematically notes down all the variables in the comparative test. This work system allows him to get the best possible result.

Picker was involved in manufacturing of 4 x 5 and 8 x 10 large format field cameras. He taught a highly successful photography class known as "The Zone VI Workshop," and authored a book by the same name that has become recognized as the golden standard of photographic instruction. His uncanny sense of "photographer's intuition” and his passion for the art was a unique combination. Always opinionated and oft times controversial, his dedication to large format and black and white photography was unsurpassed.

Selecting Paper Grade

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Runtime - length of the film: 2m34s
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In the previous film, Fred Picker made two pilot prints of the same negative using two different paper grades: the first one with a paper grade No. 2 and the other one with a paper grade No. 3.

In this film, he explains the criterion to select the best pilot print. According to Fred Picker, to make this selection, one needs to go back to the basics and think about what exactly the photographer wished to capture when he clicked that picture. This is the important criterion to discard one of these pilot prints. After stepping back to reflect upon the overall picture, one needs to evaluate it in terms of light, substance and space. The criterion therefore is a mix of luminosity, depth, emotion and the atmosphere that prevailed while taking the picture. 

Picker was involved in manufacturing of 4 x 5 and 8 x 10 large format field cameras.. He taught a highly successful photography class known as "The Zone VI Workshop," and authored a book by the same name that has become recognized as the golden standard of photographic instruction. His uncanny sense of "photographer's intuition” and his passion for the art was a unique combination. Always opinionated and oft times controversial, his dedication to large format and black and white photography was unsurpassed.

Making Pilot Prints

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Runtime - length of the film: 3m55s
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In the previous film, Fred Picker explored where the high value was correctly exposed in each test strip for both grade 2 and grade 3 papers. In this one, he will simply make Pilot Prints for each paper grade. It means he will make unmanipulated print of the two papers to see which one has the best atmosphere according with what he visualized when he took the photography.

He insists that it is much safer to make pilot prints instead of trusting in his own experience, and he recommends keeping always this system. He puts a special attention to the way he works with the print timer in order to keep the same procedure that he used to evaluate the correct print time when he made the initial test strip.

Picker was involved in manufacturing of 4 x 5 and 8 x 10 large format field cameras.. He taught a highly successful photography class known as "The Zone VI Workshop," and authored a book by the same name that has become recognized as the golden standard of photographic instruction. His uncanny sense of "photographer's intuition” and his passion for the art was a unique combination. Always opinionated and oft times controversial, his dedication to large format and black and white photography was unsurpassed.

Determining Basic Exposure

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Runtime - length of the film: 7m14s
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In the group of films about Fred Picker one can learn in a step by step fashion, how to get the best possible print from a simple negative. In the previous films, we learnt how to make a correct test strip, which is in fact, the third step in printing a black and white photograph. The films show how to make a test strip with a paper grade No. 2 and another with a paper grade No. 3.

In this film, Fred Picker explores where the high value is correctly exposed in each test strip. It means that he determines the correct combination of aperture lens and exposure time for getting appropriate high lights in each paper. He then makes a straight print in both papers with its correspondent appropriate exposure to compare them. The comparison reveals the best grade paper that brings out the effect he visualized when he shot the picture.

Picker was involved in the manufacture of 4 x 5 and 8 x 10 large format field cameras.. He taught a highly successful photography class known as "The Zone VI Workshop," and authored a book by the same name. The book is now recognized as the golden standard of photographic instruction. He had an uncanny sense for photography. His passion for the subject rendered him opinionated and often times controversial. His contribution to the area of large format and black and white photography is unsurpassed.