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Rāhoroi - (Sat) 19th Aug, 2-3pm

P-LAB: Andrew Ross - Techniques of old-school photography


Photographer Andrew Ross will lead a hands-on Q&A session about his photography processes and concepts. Andrew’s current exhibition at Pyramid Club, ‘Where Music is Made’, investigates the studios and rehearsal rooms of musicians through 30+ black and white images. For this P-LAB session, Andrew will explain some of his techniques, including the use of his large-format 8x10” view camera, the basics of contact printing from large format negatives, and stories behind the photos in the exhibition. A view camera is a large-format camera in which the lens forms an inverted image on a ground-glass screen directly at the film plane. Andrew will be bringing in his view camera for people to look through, and will be demonstrating rudimentary processing of a large-format negative using sunlight. 

Andrew Ross, b.1966, Masterton, is a Wellington-based photographer who has actively photographed Wellington's urban landscape since the early 1990s, with emphasis on older buildings, those which are threatened with demolition or significant renovation, and the people who make their lives or livings in the buildings. He is a keen tramper and has a great appreciation of the NZ landscape, which he also photographs. While Ross's photographic oeuvre is essentially documentary, his skill in selecting viewpoint and judging lighting, and his use of a large format camera pushes his work strongly into the sphere of fine art photography. Like Laurence Aberhart, he contact-prints his hand-developed negatives. By this process, the ultimate rendition of tonality and fine detail can be achieved by a skilled practitioner, giving each individual print a unique quality.

Link to exhibition: https://www.pyramidclub.org.nz/exhibition-opening-andrew-ross-where-music-made

Link to short doco about Andrew: https://vimeo.com/44291396

Many thanks to Photo Space Gallery 

Special thanks to Creative NZ for supporting Pyramid Club's programming. 

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Andrew Ross stands next to a fold-out accordion-style camera, taking a long exposure photograph in the sun.
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