The fine print represents, to me, an expressive object of beauty and excellence. The difference between a very good print and a fine print is quite subtle and difficult, if not impossible, to describe in words. There is a feeling of satisfaction in the presence of a fine print - and uneasiness with a print that falls short of optimum quality.
- Ansel Adams, The Print
The definitive, masterwork of photography is the print. A master print is defined by its presence and is created by the articulation of tones and a quality of light. This presence results from authentic vision, elegant workflow, and processing skills that enable an artist to breath uniqueness, spirit, and life into a print. This is the giant leap beyond a two-dimensional photograph to a multi-dimensional image that draws the viewer into it and transmits what the artist felt when making the photograph.
Master photographer and popular teacher, George DeWolfe— himself a student of Ansel Adams, Minor White, and Dr. Richard Zakia—developed the framework for this workshop over 30 years. The workflow and tools Memphis Barbree (@memphisbarbree) shares with you have been crafted from an artistic lineage of classic, photographic practice and adapted to the current age of digital printing. Memphis covers the perceptual and technical skills necessary to achieve a master black-and-white photographic print. Participants spend four days practicing their printing skills using the powerful tools in Photoshop and Lightroom.
This workshop is about more than printing—it’s about the relationship of light, artistic authenticity, and presence. Our perceptual abilities must be finely tuned and continually honed. As artists and photographers, we are the channels through which a master print finds its way into being. #santafeworkshops