A Virtual Workshop with a Guest Artist!


Join artist and filmmaker Karel Doing for a special workshop on phytography, an artistic technique he invented that makes it possible to render detailed chemical traces of plants directly on photographic emulsion. The process takes place in full daylight and makes use of biodegradable chemistry. During the workshop the artist will explain his technique, placing it in a historical lineage of experimental photography and film while also connecting it to ecological awareness. After this introduction, a hands-on demonstration is provided. For setting up your own experiments you will need (expired) photographic paper, soda crystals, vitamin-C powder, normal fix and two dark room trays. The workshop will take place in two sessions, the first one being both a tutorial and a lecture. The second session is scheduled for the following day, giving participants time to experiment with the technique. During the second session participants will share their results and have the opportunity to discuss these in detail both from a technical and an artistic perspective.


"I loved the 2-day aspect of it so we could hear from Karel, learn about the process historically and practically and then go out and try our own experiments."—December workshop participant


Registration closes June 9, 2021 to allow time for students to gather/purchase their materials. With your registration you'll receive the full materials list (with helpful links) to purchase your items, any helpful handouts about the process, as well as a quick 1-page "how-to" on downloading and using the Zoom video app.


PLEASE NOTE: All workshops will be recorded for Pyramid Atlantic's private use to better optimize our programming and share as examples for funders. You may mute your microphone or turn off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded.

Phytograms Online; Jun 19 and 20; times vary

    • Date & Time:  2-day workshop: Saturday, June 19, 11am-12:30pm EST and Sunday, June 20, 3pm-4:30pm EST via Zoom (invitation link will be sent to registrants before the event)
    • Instructor: Karel Doing
      Karel Doing is an independent artist, filmmaker and researcher currently based in Oxford, UK. “Phytography” is a method Doing developed during research focused on ecology and media, a project that is still ongoing. Phytography enables interaction between the phytochemical properties of plants and photochemical emulsion.Doing's work has been shown worldwide in micro-cinemas, on stage and in galleries. He regularly gives workshops in analog film practice and is currently lecturer in contextual studies at Ravensbourne University London. In many of his works the rhythmical, painterly and performative qualities of the analog film medium are foregrounded.
    • Materials: At registration, students will receive the full materials list (with any helpful links) to purchase supplies. The list includes:
       - Photographic paper: Expired/old b&w photo paper or new (examples will be provided)
      - Soda crystals (also known as washing soda or sodium carbonate)
      - Vitamin C powder
      - Standard Photographic Fixer
      - Two darkroom trays (can substitute plastic storage containers large enough for your paper)
      - Some measuring, mixing and handling tools (e.g., a jug, a spoon, tongs, a paintbrush)
      - A flat surface big enough to lay out your photographic paper or roll out film
      - Access to running water
      - Plants! (herbs and weeds are an excellent choice - more options will be discussed in class on Day 1)

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