Mobile Darkroom and Studio giving lectures, demonstrations and workshops on Art of Photography and documenting Americana. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on February 1, 2012.
About this project
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A mobile studio and darkroom - a showcase for the art of Film Photography.
To travel across the United States and beyond, documenting the people and landscape and educating public about Analog Photography in order to support Film as a form of Artistic Expression.
1. To provide hands on educational opportunities for children and adults alike all across the United States. An engaging Analog Photography curriculum will supplement these activities to create an enriching series of activities to help propagate analog photography.
2. To chart the “New Americana” by creating a 10,000 negative photo narrative covering all aspects from “Fringe” to “Pop.”
3. To display works created with various analog photography means along the route in both impromptu and scheduled events.
4. To unite and spread awareness about analog photographers through a portable showroom and classroom.
Plan of Action:
· $8000 have already been invested into the purchase and early parts of conversion of a 1978 35ft Gillig School bus.
· Required is additional funding for plumbing, electric work and structural renovations. We already have all darkroom equipment that is needed.
· All 48 Continental States will be visited at least once thereby reaching the widest possible audience of film-lovers.
· Photos taken will be scanned and sent for free to those who provide an email address.
· After initial funding the Photo Palace will be funded by art sales and through grant writing
1978 Gillig 35ft school bus is currently being converted into a traveling photographic educational and portrait facility. Your pledges will help with purchase and installation of: sink, tanks, batteries, counters, seating, walls, heating, cooling, etc. There is a plethora of smaller and larger items not listed there too so we are matching every dollar of this campaign 1:1 after it is successfully funded.
KICKSTARTER IS ALL OR NOTHING - P.L.E.A.S.E. PITCH IN ALL YOU CAN AND HELP OUT BY SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT THIS PROJECT.
This is what the money will be spent on (listing only the major thigs and undervaluing them probably):
• Bus itself (already paid for with credit) - $7.500
• Water Tanks (already paid for on credit) - $860.00
• Electrical to run the darkroom (generator, batteries, converter, etc...) - $2.500+
• VW buses for sleeping quarters for guests and the operators - $3.000+
• Wood for construction is interior - $3.000 +
• Darkroom sink (has to be custom manufactured to fit in) - $700+
• Plumbing, hardware, some specific finishing tools, etc. etc. etc.
We will match every dollar donated through here 1:1 with our own hard-earned cash and in the end will most likely end up spending very close to $30K. Please! Pitch in all you can. <3
About the Photographers:
Anton Orlov immigrated to the United States from Russia when he was just 17. Having always been passionate about photography he went to school at San Jose State where he received a Bachelors of Fine Arts with his colleague Ryan Kalem. When digital photography exploded, many old tenets of analog photography were forgotten, darkrooms soon seemed all but obsolete; however, both Anton and Ryan believe that the traditional photographic printing methods, allows the photographer a greater degree of interaction with their work.
Anton's photography is documentary in nature with majority of it being street or candid studio portraiture. The use of Rolleiflex twin lens cameras allows him to take unobtrusive and more discreet photographs while still maintaining the highest degree of image quality. Creating his photographs via traditional manual means a deeper more intimate connection with each of his prints. Anton has is the co-founder of Photographers’ Guild at SJSU and has taught several courses on photography to various age groups. He has worked as a commercial photographer for the past decade and, from early 2011, has been teaching darkroom photography and offering darkroom space for rent in San Diego, CA.
Ryan Kalem is a specialist in large format photography. The use of the photo palace will allow his time sensitive art to thrive in a fashion only possible during full emersion. Because of the peculiarities of his work process Ryan needs to be exceptionally familiar with the content of the scene, a process that takes an immense amount of time and concentration. The use of the Photo Palace will catalyze this process in a wider range of environments enabling the creation of more diverse and engaging range of work.
As an artist dedicated to traditional photographic print-making means I find the changes which swept over the industry since the late 1990s regrettable and devastating. Products which were staples of many great artists, and that were in continuous production for up to a century were lost to time. Appreciation for hand-made photography has dropped because there are fewer opportunities for people to get familiarized with the aesthetics of the that medium.
I hope to halt that trend by building The Photo Palace Bus and traveling the country in it. The interest in film photography among the younger generation has grown in recent years and the Bus could provide many artists their first chance at making a darkroom print. By presenting a customized combination of art shows, lectures and workshops to a wide range of audiences I hope to strengthen that renewed interest and help Analog Photography survive well into the 21st century.
The funding from Kickstarter will be tremendously helpful in ensuring that The Photo Palace Bus is built ergonomically and fully functional and in the fraction of the time that it would take without the funding. I already have over $8,000 invested in this project and am 100% committed to seeing this project through.
Your pledge of support would mean more than just the dollar amount - every pledge puts a little more wind under our wings as it shows that people believe in this project and are willing to stand up in support of FIlm Photography. However, as sad as it is to admit, one can not buy watertanks or batteries on inspiration, or I'd already have the Bus built bynow. So, please, pledge generously.
On behalf of Daguerre, Talbot, Jackson, Weegee, Adams and the rest of the darkroom gang - Thank You!
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Nepal Bus, Rolleiflex Tele Agfa APX100, Gelatin Silver print. A Orlov
Worker and Female - Japan, A Orlov
Curtis LeMay, 8x10 Gelatin Silver print from 4x5 negative - Ryan Kalem
Insence at Chichicastenango Market, Guatemala Portfolio, Gelatin Silver mural print 32x32in, A Orlov Edition 1 (Pledged For - Thank You!)
Self Portrait, Guatemala Portfolio, Gelatin Silver mural print 32x32in, Edition 1
Tortilla Makers, Guatemala Portfolio, Gelatin Silver mural print 32x32in, Edition 1
Two Women in Traditional Clothing, Guatemala Portfolio, Gelatin Silver mural print 32x32in, Edition 1
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala Portfolio, Gelatin Silver mural print 32x32in, Edition 2
Rain, Guatemala Portfolio, Gelatin Silver mural print 32x32in, Edition 2
Please see the Entire Guatemala Portfolio and if you see a specific print you would like I can add that to the reward options for the same price of $475. Most prints are single edition Fair warning though - it is difficult to present a photo mural via a 72dpi screen shot. The richness of silver, the grain, paper texture and tone, the amazing amount of detail that is possible with a photochemical process - all those things get 'lost in translation' when viewed on a screen.
HELP US PLAN OUR ROUTE - these pledges assure You that we will be rolling by Your town or wherever you want us to go! How fun would that be to have us pull up to your town and teach a workshop or present a magic lantern slide show?!
And remember - if we don't hit the goal by Feb 1st - we get 0 of your pledges! So please help us spread the word about this wonderful project.
Thank you once again for your help.
I have been getting a few questions about the name 'The Photo Palace'.
The use of the the word Palace is not meant to evoke the feeling of extravagance or in any way an exclusive nature of the venture. It is rather meant as a 'Grand Residence' for the Art of Photography, a space where respect and creativity guide are the experience. I feel it is time that such a space be created and be made accessible to all photographic artists.
That said, as any beloved grand venture, this project has already picked up many nicknames and I am sure there are many more of them to come. We are more than happy to hear any suggestion that our generous donors and excited followers might come up with. Send them along and we'll consider all :)
In the end it's not about the name - it's about Art.
Some photo enthusiasts were commenting that while drawing the route in the closing sequence of the video I misses their city by a little bit and were wondering if we can make changes to stop by their communities.
The route drawn on the map is not the exact path that we will take - it was meant to demonstrate the fact that the bus will ideally visit as many places in the country as possible, guided by inspiration, discovery and community. As the First Major Journey we will make it to NYC and back to the West Coast. On the way we will be visiting the places requested in the Plan Our Route categories (can't wait to meet all of You!). We have already received a few requests from various photographic communities and educational establishments and it will be similar type of interest that will guide us in the future.
So, write to us, tell your local art community, follow us and soon we'll be in your town!
- (60 days)