Press Release: ILFORD Photo and Calumet Photographic to sponsor landmark black-and-white photography conference at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Ca. March 3-5, 2006

ILFORD Photo and Calumet Photographic are jointly sponsoring Silver, an international forum for devotees of traditional black-and-white photography, including a conference, a photo competition and a commemorative book, along with informal discussion gatherings and related events.

The Silver conference will provide an opportunity for dedicated black-and-white photographers and printmakers to listen, learn and be part of an important photographic community event. It will be hosted by the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and will take place March 3 - 5, 2006. Additional supporters include the Society for Photographic Education, Santa Fe Workshops, Texas Photographic Society and View Camera magazine.

This event will be geared towards photographers and laboratories with a passion for traditional monochrome photography, and will provide the opportunity for delegates to hear a lineup of world-class photographers and lecturers share their expertise and their experiences to inform, amuse and educate.

The featured conference speakers confirmed to date include Keith Carter, George DeWolfe, Jeff Dunas, Les McLean, Alan Ross, John Sexton, and Mary Virginia Swanson - all recognized masters in the field of black-and-white photography - with more speakers to be announced.

The number of attendees will be limited to 350 in order to ensure that everyone who attends will be able to benefit from all of the presentations and gatherings. The event hotel is the Pasadena Hilton (800-445-8667, reference code: Silver) and American Airlines is offering a 5% discount on travel (800-433-1790, reference code: A4126AL).

The Silver Photo Competition will award a first prize of $3,000 plus a Santa Fe Workshop session. Second and third place prizes will be $2000 and $1000 respectively, and 15 honorable mentions will also be awarded.

Chair of the competition judging will be Tim Rudman, FRPS, the fine art photographer and printer who specializes in silver-gelatin based printing processes, and the author of such books as Photographer's Toning Course: A Definitive Guide to Creative Toning Techniques, A Guide to Creative Lith Printing, and The Photographer's Master Printing Course among others.

In addition to being included in the commemorative book - The Silver Journal - the winning pictures will become part of a traveling exhibit that will tour the United States and the United Kingdom. This will create a unique opportunity to share the significance and relevance of black-and-white photography with all who share an interest in true photography and the art of monochrome imaging. Submission details will be forthcoming.

Alongside the winning and honorable mention images from the Silver Competition, The Silver Journal will feature examples of the work of the featured speakers, as well as selected submission papers. The Texas Photographic Society, under the direction of D. Clarke Evans, will publish The Silver Journal, and is issuing a 'call for papers' for inclusion.

Together, the Silver Conference, the Silver Competition and The Silver Journal, along with the related activities, will establish a landmark event. With a conference fee of $300 (SPE and TPS members pay $250), demand for the limited spaces is expected to be high. To register, call 800-CALUMET (225-8638) or visit , order #ZSSM0251.

„This conference will create an opportunity for us at ILFORD Photo and Calumet Photographic to meet with traditional monochrome photographers, to present new ideas and products, and to gain input for addressing future black-and-white photography needs,‰ says ILFORD Photo sales director Steven Brierley.

Calumet Photographic's Education Coordinator Richard Newman shares Brierley's enthusiasm: „This conference is the first ever of its kind,‰ he says. „With a focus on black-and-white film photography as a central core, I hope we can inspire each other to pursue our craft and passion, and to fulfill our mission as photographers and image makers.

Posted: Wed - September 21, 2005 at 02:12 PM