January 11-13, 2019

MARK STEINMETZ: Darkroom Printing

This workshop is designed to help students refine their black and white printing practice and will include hands on printing in Mark Steinmetz's darkroom, as well as critique and technical discussion at The Humid studio space nearby. We will meet on Friday evening to introduce ourselves and our work, look at and discuss black and white negatives and proper film development, and to prepare for Saturday's guided printing session. On Sunday we will flatten, spot, and discuss the prints. Students are expected to have darkroom experience; this is not an introductory course. Paper and chemistry provided (unless the student has a particular preference for paper). Limited to 3 students.

Tuition: $500, with consideration for special financial need.


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October 12-14, 2018

I have been thinking over all I learned and the fun I had with a smile on my face. The atmosphere was fresh and relaxed. I drove away invigorated. Thank you for opening your place to us and sharing your insights. You have given the photographic community a comfortable place to find guidance, creativity, and encouragement. I’m looking forward to what you all have in store for us. Tamara Reynolds

Not only was the workshop helpful in terms of my photography, it helped me to center and steady myself. I head back to work, refreshed and ready to help others. Karen Bullock

I enjoyed the informal atmosphere and the camaraderie. The feedback during the crits was honest and constructive and I have plenty to consider as I pursue my projects. The incorporation of the talk by Mike and Baldwin into the weekend was an added bonus - it's always good to hear the stories behind the images and hear about how a career in photography develops. Mark Caceres

About the workshop: The Humid’s debut workshop To Photograph the World is co-taught by the esteemed photographers of the American south, Mike Smith and Baldwin Lee.  Brilliant and energetic life-long teachers, Mike and Baldwin will bring unique perspectives to each student’s work and help give direction and clarity in the shaping of each body of work. The format of the workshop is personal and intensive, within a comfortable, casual environment. This is a rare opportunity to work closely with two treasured practitioners who have made significant contributions to the tradition of the lyrical documentary.

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Mike has been photographing in East Tennessee for nearly 40 years and is currently Professor Emeritus of East Tennessee State University. He is the author of the acclaimed book, You’re Not from Around Here and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2001) and a United States Arts Lowe Fellowship (2011). His work is in numerous major collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Art. Mike has representation in New York with the Yancey Richardson Gallery and in Atlanta with Jackson Fine Art.

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Baldwin is the recipient of many awards including two National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work in is many collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. He is a Professor Emeritus at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville and has studied with photographic masters Minor White and Walker Evans, and had been an assistant to Evans.