OFF LABEL! Soaked-Film Photography Workshop with Greta Snider

OFF LABEL! Soaked-Film Photography Workshop with Greta Snider

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Sunday, October 3 (1-4pm) and Sunday, October 17 (10am-4pm)
Day 1 we will meet virtually on Zoom / Day 2 will be in-person at Shapeshifters Cinema, 567 5th St. Oakland, CA

Masks and proof of vaccination are required for in-person attendance
$60 (includes all materials) / $45 (if you can provide your own camera)

(Shapeshifters members receive a 10% discount)

Join filmmaker Greta Snider who will share the results of her pandemic-era journey into the world of soaked photography.

"Like many other experimental filmmakers, I have enjoyed working with damaged footage, expired film stocks, and conceptual exercises in exposing film to the elements over the decades. While trying to keep occupied during the pandemic, I became acquainted with an international community of alternative photographers who practice soaked film or “film soups.” Via Instagram and Zoom conferences from every global time zone, these still photographers shoot images, soak the film in various mixtures, and then develop the film in consumer C-41 chemistry. The results are a gleeful, moody, unpredictable exploration into the guided chaos of chance and circumstance – supported by straight-to-digital image finishing." 

In this two-part workshop, participants will get an overview of the process and the practice, including an initial visual demonstration of the soaking, developing, and scanning cycle. Participants will then shoot their own still images (either on the legendary Kodak FunSaver disposable cameras, or with their own cameras and provided Kodak Gold film); soak their film, take notes, and then reconvene for a day of in-person sharing, developing, and scanning. We will close with a demonstration of how this process can be adapted for motion picture experimentation.

About the instructor: Greta Snider started making movies in 1989. She is particularly interested in experimental non-fiction and exploring the boundaries between documentary and document. She has made non-fiction works in film, video, flash game, audio CD, slide show and microfiche. Greta is currently teaching in the cinema department at San Francisco State University.