Lana Z Caplan
Saturday, Oct. 23. 2010
Jewett Art Center 462, Dark room
We will learn how to make camera-less photographic prints, called photograms, in the black and white darkroom using all kinds of objects and techniques. Using light to record an image is the earliest and most basic principle of photography. In this workshop we will create instant unique photographic prints using light, objects, water and paper with black and white chemistry. We will spend the first half hour looking at images from the history of photography to contemporary artists using camera-less techniques. The remaining 3 hours will be spent in the darkroom experimenting. Students can bring objects with varying transparency and texture such as feathers, negatives, fabrics, leaves and petals, etc. Many other things to experiment with will be provided by the instructor. No darkroom experience necessary.
Lana Z Caplan is film/videomaker, photographer and installation artist who splits her time between Boston, MA and the Amalfi Coast of Italy. She works with super8, found footage, video, interactive projections, and alterative processes photography in her pieces that explore relationships, mortality and social issues. Her work has been exhibited and screened from coast to coast of North, South and Central Americas as well as some major cities in Europe. She is currently editing her first feature length project, (shot in Positano, Italy) with support from the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH). Recent grants and awards include: Wexner Center for the Arts Residency, Puffin Foundation Grant; Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant; Contemporary Artist Center Residency; Polaroid Corporation Grant. She earned a B.A. from Boston University and an M.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art. Caplan also teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA.