The renaissance of traditional black and white photography amid the digital age was one of the key talking points at the innovative photography weekend, Faster Than The Speed of Light, held as part of the British Science Festival in September 2011.
Building on interest generated by this, and as a further development of the College’s involvement with Ilford for over ten years, Harman Technology Ltd (Ilford Photo) will be holding a series of one and two day courses during weekends in September in conjunction with the Photography Department and the Yorkshire Craft Centre. This is fantastic news for anyone with limited time who cannot join one of the College's full or part-time photography programmes. Delivered by high quality professionals, they are perfect for those wanting to learn the craft of black and white photography. These courses are suitable for beginners through to the more experienced photographer and cover everything from traditional 'film based' photo taking through to developing and printing your own images in the darkroom.
Trevor Griffiths, Head of Photography & Director of Projects & Innovation at Bradford College, explained, “There has been a great revival of interest in traditional techniques and processes as people move away from digital technologies to explore new creative areas. I am delighted that Ilford asked us to be their partner in running these new courses as part of a new association between us in a number of specific areas in which we have both had a lot of enquiries. Due to this demand, Ilford developed new paper products and a new pinhole camera which they launched at Faster Than The Speed of Light. This has sold well and is constantly being upgraded. They have secured two very well known and respected photographers to launch this new initiative and we are looking to continue running these courses in the future, adding new areas of study.
Bradford College has a history of delivering photography since 1895, and a major part of its success has been that we have remained loyal to conventional processes which form a foundation for photography, but also embrace new technology in the creative arts. Students continue to apply to study photography and photo related subjects in the School of Arts & Media due to its conventional and digital photographic resources. These courses are further enhanced by partnerships with respected industry contacts such as Ilford and the continuing support of the Bradford Fellow in Photography, in partnership with the National Media Museum. Photography programmes continue to benefit from the wealth of experience of the practitioner and academic credentials of its staff.”
You can read all about the courses and book your place here