Call for Submissions: Noir/Chroma

Jan 3 – Feb 28 2019
Opening reception January 17 2019

The Connections Gallery is seeking submissions for a two month exhibition in early 2019.

This exhibition, Noir/Chroma, showcases exquisite black and white images and images exploring colour. No specific theme.

Photographers will each have one 30″x37″ mounted print.

This exhibition is being printed in its entirety by Bob Carnie, each photographer will receive their mounted print once the show comes down. There are two choices for production methods of images. The hybrid historical-contemporary Lambda will be used to produce the black and white silver gelatin prints, or artists can have their work printed via inkjet for black/white and colour. Bob will work together with the photographers to choose their best image and printing method. Promoting the printer/photographer dynamic, printing will be a collaborative effort.

Logistics

Each artist will have either:

1- 28×28” approx. Lambda print mounted on 30″x37″ art board

OR

1- 30″x37″ inkjet print mounted on the same size board

Exhibition fee + Production: $700 plus tax


Submissions

Send up to 5-10 JPEGS

Bio

Statement


Contact

Carissa Ainslie carissa@alternativephotoservices.com

Portfolio Workshop December 2018

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What: Portfolio Workshop

Where: Alternative Photo Services at 1840 Danforth Ave, Toronto

When: December 27-December 30 2018

Spots: Minimum 4 maximum 6

Cost: $1,000 plus tax + materials (material list provided upon request)

This workshop is for anyone who is looking to build a portfolio of alternative prints. Students will be printing their own work under the guidance of printer Bob Carnie using gum bichromate and/or platinum palladium.

Print sizes range from 8×10 all the way up to 20×28.

Once the prints are finished, they will be custom matted using cotton rag 4 ply board.

To sign up or ask a question, email Bob or Carissa

bob@alternativephotoservices.com

carissa@alternativephotoservices.com

Vancouver and Capture!

Carissa just returned from Vancouver where she was stationed for ten days. We rented a pop up space for two weeks in Chinatown, installing Series, Clearcut and Ipseity.

Series

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SERIES brings together five photographers with five different stories to tell. Salina Kassam, Thomas Brasch, Larry D. Hayden and Skip Dean have explored their own environments through the photographic medium.


Clearcut

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The intersection of man and nature is a dominant theme in Matthew Plexman’s work. Clearcut captures the evolution of an old logging road in northeastern Ontario: old sections are blocked off and new routes added, leading to new areas of logging activity. The borders between clearcut and forest are abrupt at first—open areas of chewed-up earth and toppled trees abut untouched woodland. Over time, the process of healing begins and the borders blur. Plexman attempts to find beauty and symmetry in the tension between destruction and regeneration, inviting dialogue about the conflict inherent in our dependence on nature for both resource extraction and emotional sustenance.


 

Meeting New People

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Carissa had the pleasure of meeting some really interesting folks on her travels. Sally Buck and Kent Lins popped up their photos in cube vans every weekend during the Capture Photo Fest.

She also got a fantastic tour of the new Emily Carr University campus by photo studio tech Geoffrey, and met up with Kathy from Beau Photo.

With a bit of down time, she also got to take in some of the sights of Vancouver and Whistler.

 

 

Artist Spotlight: Lauren Young

Through a Lens: Our Female Gaze

February 1-February 28

Opening Reception February 8 | Artist Talks February 10

Through a Lens: Our Female Gaze presents six artists who are telling their stories through the photographic lens. Lisa Murzin, Shelagh Howard, Marlene Hilton Moore, Lorraine Parow, Janet Holmes and Lauren Young share a variety of work for this exhibition hailing from different backgrounds, generations and experiences.

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Statement

I think the mark of a good image is if it tells a good story. When I look at these images, I see a story about the relationship between young girls. It’s about the things we go through, the people we love or hate, and the looks we give each other when something interesting happens. I wanted to capture these faces so that I could look back on them and see the differences between ourselves now and then. This project allows me to document such a prevalent time in the lives of the people closest to me as we go through such pivotal shared experiences.

How has your photographic process been informed by your experiences

I photograph the things I see in life, the moments I experience. My goal for every picture I take is to capture an intimate moment shared between me and the subject, this is why having some sort of relationship with the subject is quite important to me. I am constantly trying to have unique experiences with those whom I photograph. Being a teenage girl myself, it makes the most sense for me to take pictures of my closest friends as they go through the same things I am.

Service Spotlight: Inkjet

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Courtesy Rita Leistner / Stephen Bulger Gallery

I have been making colour prints now my whole career, in my past jobs before I opened my own shop, I worked  in many capacities as a colour corrector, colour printer and photo comp specialist. One of my past specialty’s was making mural prints from 8×10 colour film. Thirty years later, we are seeing the same quality from the new Phase Back systems.
For me making colour prints is magical and even though we have state of art white balance capabilities, thanks to technology advances, the fine print always need collaboration with the artist and printer. Subtle colour balances, or contrast changes are required to produce work that is outstanding.
For many of my clients I work very closely balancing a body of work so that it can hang cohesively together, this is not a simple task. As well striking the right balance requires testing and then final print.
Today I use a Canon 12 ink printer and my maximum size (to date) is the image above which is 60 x 77 inches. I like inkjet for the different papers that we can use, as well with good profiling the consistency assured print to print. Inkjet prints can be hung within box frames, can be mounted to dibond mounts for displays, using spacers within frames or aluminum mounting systems to hang on walls.

2017 in Review

2017 saw us renaming the main gallery, changing from the Dylan Ellis Gallery to the Connections Gallery. This name change reflects our mandate to “connect” artists, curators and gallerists.

Thank you to all of the photographers who showed such an amazing variety of images.

 

Human memory / The soul of the earth

January 12 to January 31

Sylvie Pinsonneault, Karl Desmarais


Toronto Offsite Design Festival

January 16-January 22

SUMO Projects and artist Michele Guevara


Visual Calculus in Photography

March 3-31

Alain Laforest, Catherine Aboumrad, Daniel Miller, Guy Glorieux, Guy Lafontaine

Jean Lauzon, Marie-Reine Mattera and Emmanuel Joly, Robert Slatkoff


A Foundation of Ash

April 17-May 13

Will Gill


Alternative Photo Revolution

Glen Echo, Maryland March 28, New Orleans March 31/April 1 Toronto, Contact Photography Festival May 15-June 17

Alexis Jackson, Kin Lon Ma, Scott Davis, David Armentor, Marc Betsworth, Tamiko Winters, Paul Taborovsky, Kevin Kelly, Alan Dunlop, Lisa Murzin, Ron Erwin,  John Migicovsky, Evan Dion, Salina Kassam, Philip Jessup, Marlene Hilton Moore, Juli Lyons, Skip Dean, Thomas Brasch, Matthew Plexman, Laura Paterson, Bob Carnie, Monica Glitz, Jeff Suchak, Hugues Rochette, Jean Lauzon, Madeleine Marcil, Claude Dagenais, Guy Lafontaine, Mirabelle Ricard, Guy Glorieux, Brittany Fleming, Jennifer Crane, Brendan Meadows, Andrej Gregov, Larry Hayden, Bryan Helm, Ginette Clément, Stephen McNeill , David Christensen


Linked

July 8-August 31

Laura Paterson, Wayne Salmon, Al Paterson, Anthony Macri, Kamelia Pezeshki, Aurélien Muller, Carissa Ainslie, Beth Jessup, Paulette Michayluk, Bob Carnie


Urban

October 1-30

Stephanie Kretzschmer, Guy Lafontaine, Robert McIntyre, Joachim Oepkes, David Edwards and Alan Dunlop


Kindred

Montreal October 20 & 21, Toronto November 1-29

Linda Kooluris Dobbs, Salina Kassam

John Migicovsky, Juli Lyons, Lisa Murzin, Thomas Brasch, Bob Carnie, Shelagh Howard, Marlene Hilton Moore, Philip Jessup, David L Hunsberger, ​Anthony DeLorenzo, Normand Blouin, Suzanne Vo-Ho, Jean-Sébastien Vaillancourt, Nathalie Garceau, Daniel Miller, Alexia Righetti, Pierre Dalpé, Guy Glorieux, Céline Lalonde, Martine Michaud, Janick Houle, Francois Spenard​


Emergence

December 1-January 8

Lindsi Hollend, Anna Borcherdt, Adrian Oosterman, Cat Stambolic, Andrew Persaud, Marlene Hilton Moore, Raquel Moliterno

Kindred | David L Hunsberger

Montreal
The Ecomusée Du Fier Monde
October 20 opening reception from 6-9pm
October 21 Open viewing from 11am-5:30pm
Toronto
Connections Gallery

November 3 opening reception from 6-9pm
Exhibition is on until November 29

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Kindred is a portrait exhibition printed entirely using permanent processes. Each photographer has submitted an image of someone within their community that they admire along with a description of their relationship to their subject. The result is an exhibition of people from all walks of life who are being celebrated through the photographic medium.
Kindred will first be popping up for two days in Montreal where we have one branch of our network within the photographic community. This exhibition is comprised of a large number of Quebec artists, allowing for a true exchange when the show is installed in Toronto this November.

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Advanced Alt Workshop

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Bob Carnie/ Gum Bichromate

December 27-30 2017

1840 Danforth Avenue, Toronto

This workshop is aimed at those people who have a desire to learn in a welcoming atmosphere how to make wonderful permanent prints and have:

-Taken a workshop with us before

-Can show that they exhibit the right knowledge base to not slow down the other printers.

The goal of this workshop will be to make a series of 15×20 prints on paper that are multiple layered images, Gum over Palladium, Duotone Gum, or Tri Tone Gum Bichromate. Your choice of process and look rather than teacher directed.

We will stay with this image size to maximize workflow for the course of four days. This size is a traditional aspect ratio for portfolio prints.

The hours of this workshop are from 8 am – 5 :30pm each day with group dinners considered after each long day.

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Call for Submissions: PIGMENT

 

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Pigment is a group photography exhibition that explores the concept of colour through the historical gum bichromate process. Each of the twenty photographers will have two prints in the show, printed by Bob Carnie.

New York April 6 and 7 Bushwick Community Darkroom

Pigment will pop up at the Bushwick Community Darkroom April 6 and 7 2018. These dates were chosen so that participating artists who wish to visit the city during the exhibition can attend The Photography Show presented by AIPAD. 

Toronto | May 2-June 29 Lonsdale Gallery

The prints will return to Toronto where they will become a part of Red Light, an exhibition at Lonsdale Gallery. This juried salon show will exclusively feature alternative prints by artists from around the world. Red Light is a feature show in the CONTACT Photo Festival.

Application process

Each print will be approximately 11×14, fitting into a 16×20 presentation matt. For installation purposes, while in New York, they will be displayed matted. For the Lonsdale Gallery show, they will be framed in our rental frames.

Please contact Bob to set up a time to explain the gum bichromate process and how your images would look printed using this process.

bob@alternativephotoservices.com
Costs

Exhibition fee (shipping, space rental, marketing, reception in NYC and rental frames for Toronto) $375 plus tax                                                                                                     

Production: $460 plus tax for two gum bichromate prints and 16×20 presentation matts

Total $835 plus tax

 

What is Connections?

We believe that expanding a photographer’s reach is beneficial to professional growth. Getting outside of one’s community and having fresh eyes looking at new work and getting feedback. Our main goal is to create a network of photographers and galleries that can work together to showcase photography.

Our first connection was with L’Espace Contemporain in Montreal where we have sent photographers to exhibit work, and have brought photographers here to Toronto.

2017 projects include the Alternative Photo Revolution that went to Glen Echo, Maryland and New Orleans, and was a part of the CONTACT Photo Festival. In the fall we took Kindred, a portrait exhibition, to Montreal then installed here at the Connections Gallery in November.

Why Alt Printing

 We know that through exhaustive research on print permanence that the noble metals of platinum palladium will not fade, in fact the paper will decompose before the metal will go away. Platinum palladium and gum over palladium have the look, texture and feeling of work done in the very beginning of photographic printmaking. Contemporary prints cannot give us the colour palette and physical sense that these two processes offer. In all cases the base paper is Hahnemühle Platinum, a very lovely 100% rag paper. The noble metal of platinum palladium sinks into the very fabric of this paper and any resulting pigment is layered on top for an exquisite image.