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Photography & Printmaking Workshop in Paris ~ Atelier Vagabond

with Michael McCarthy

Pinhole Photo Workshop in the small town of Gentilly (one métro stop outside Paris)
(contact us to schedule a class):

Are you tired of all photographs starting to look alike? Pinhole photography is the perfect antidote. Whether you've ever worked in a darkroom before or not, pinhole photography is easily accessible to everyone interested in photography.

Pinhole photography is the oldest of the photo techniques. More than two thousand years ago the Chinese and the Greeks both discovered the concept that led to the pinhole camera. It wasn't until the Renaissance that artists began to use a camera obscura to help them with drawing from nature. It then took nearly 400 more years before these early cameras could be used to capture and preserve images (rather than just help in tracing from a projected image).

In this workshop, students will be asked to bring a light tight container to be transformed into a working pinhole camera (we strongly recommend purchasing a cylindrical Illy coffee canister as these are the simplest to transform). Once we've made the primitive camera, we'll load black and white photographic paper into the can and go out to begin making images. We will then develop the negatives we make with the new cameras and ultimately will make positive prints from these negatives. Technical instruction is explained in simple and easy to understand terms and students of all levels have always managed to come away with successful images during the workshop.

To see more samples of Michael McCarthy's photography work.

We are also offering other workshops this Summer:
2-day photo workshop in Paris

3-day photo workshop in Paris
Cyanotype Photography Workshop

Cost for Pinhole Photo Workshop: 175 euros / student.
Bring a friend and you'll only pay 150 euros each (you must pay the entire fee together).

Included in the workshop:
• Michael's expertise gained from 25 years' experience in photography.
• All chemistry and papers for making pinhole negatives and positives.

Workshop Benefits:
This workshop is a studio based workshop and as such will take place in Gentilly, just beyond the Southern border with Paris (and easily accessible via RER line B or buses 57, 125 and 184).

At the conclusion of the workshops students will:
•have developed a foundation for all the various steps necessary for making good quality black and white pinhole negatives and positives.
•have been given sources for all necessary materials and chemistry to continue making pinhole photographs on their own.

Workshop Features:
• Four hours of photography instruction in studio.
• Brief historical introduction to the pinhole technique.
• Students will receive references for source materials in Paris and beyond.
• Groups limited to maximum of six students.

Price: 175 € / Student Click here to join our mailing list.

NOT included in workshop fees:
• Illy (or other brand) coffee containers (with metal rather than plastic tops) for making the pinhole cameras.
• transportation from your home to Paris
• accommodation in Paris during the workshop
• any meals and drinks other than those explicitly indicated in the program
• travel and emergency medical insurance.

• Fees are payable in Euros (€) by secure on-line credit card payment.
• A non-refundable deposit of 175€ is due to reserve class. We will agree upon a date and time for the class at this time. Class can be rescheduled with no penalty with at least 48 hours advanced notice.

Refund Policy:
Students must provide a full deposit to secure their spot in a workshop.

•With 48 hours advanced notice, a class can be rescheduled without penalty.
• If Atelier Vagabond should be required to cancel a tour or workshop, a full refund of all fees paid will be provided.

To register, please send email telling us how many people you'd like to register and we'll forward payment instructions for reserving your slot in a workshop: Register for Pinhole Photo Workshop

about us

Michael McCarthy
has been teaching traditional and digital photography courses in university art programs for nearly twenty years. His work is represented in Paris by the Galerie Duboys in the gallery district of the Marais. His exhibition Human Form in 2012 was selected as Best Gallery Exhibition in the Paris region for 2012 by Marc Lenot on his Lunettes Rouges blog hosted by celebrated newspaper Le Monde.
McCarthy Bio