Cameraless Photography: Creating Magic with Alternative Processes
In this class, you’ll explore alternative processes that redefine the boundaries of traditional photography through creativity and sustainability. Simplicity takes center stage as you’re guided through cameraless and analog techniques that can be quickly mastered with easy-to-obtain materials. You’ll learn to create photographic art from home — chemigrams, lumen prints, phytograms, and film soup — without the need for an analog camera or darkroom access. Discover low-cost alternatives that not only make these methods accessible but also encourage sustainable practices through the use of reusable and recycled materials. Through lecture, demonstration, and group discussion, students will produce a diverse array of prints. The culmination of your efforts will lead to the creation of either a final standout piece or a compelling small series, which you’ll present during the final class session.
Students will receive a list of easy-to-obtain materials that you’ll need for the class when you register.
Daura Campos is a visual artist based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Her process with 35mm film — using destruction and care — she creates photographic works where each piece is a testament to its resilience. She explores brokenness and healing, creating photographic work that pushes against assumptions of representation and is free to express itself through abstraction.
She has exhibited at Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich), Museum of Art of Pereira (Colombia), Rotterdam Photo (Rotterdam), Experimental Photo Festival (Barcelona), Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool), Gallery 44 (Toronto), and Gallery Kannski (Reykjavík), among others. Her selected awards include a high commendation from the JUST Art Award, a special mention from the Art Vue Foundation Yearly Prize, and a FORGE Fellowship.Daura teaches alternative processes for StrudelmediaLive.
Samanta Ortega is a laboratory scientist, photographer, and art educator based in São Paulo, Brazil. Integrating the past, present, and future of the history of photographic processes, she is dedicated to exploring and sharing research on plant-based photographic developers in an experimental approach to film manipulation and studies within photochemistry. By valuing analog photography that is based on the reuse of materials and simplification of processes, she addresses accessible alternatives in spaces with different infrastructures and audiences of a wide age range and levels of knowledge. She has taught at institutions including SESC (Brazil), Pinacoteca de São Bernardo do Campo, and at analog photography festivals and independent cultural spaces focused on film photography throughout Brazil.Samanta teaches alternative processes for StrudelmediaLive.