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Posted on Jul 1, 2015


Connecting with our community is a fundamental tenant of the Artists & Makers Studios vision statement, so we’re excited to be the new home of Photogathering, a large-format and alternative processes photography group representing photographers in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Photogathering was created to initiate and foster an interest in alternative or historic processes and large format film photography.  It is geared toward the experienced photographer – one who has at least intermediate level experience with an analog or digital camera and some experience with wet darkroom techniques or alternative processes.  Photogathering members are known for organizing group shoots and group shows.  Members also participate in the annual “seconds” print swap and the annual holiday pot luck and fine art print swap in January.

Photogathering meets First Thursdays at 7:30 – 10:00 PM to exchange ideas, share formulas and techniques, and show photographic prints and plates.  Recent guest speakers have included John “Jet” Lowe of Baltimore, Walt Calahan of West Minister, and Colin Winterbottom of Washington, DC.

Process demonstrations by members includPhotogathering Cold Beer DB Stovall silver gelatin with drop shadow byline merged layerse: Albumen, Anthotype, Bromoil, Carbon, Cremains, Cyanotype, Gum Bichromate, Salt, Silver Gelatin, Wet Plate Collodion and Vandyke.  Additional lectures have covered the Scheimpflug principle, creating digital negatives, and photographing models (with models).

Photogathering was formed in 2008.  Charter Members include founder and director Carole Hollander (gum bicromate, vandyke, cyanotype, cremains), George Smyth (bromoil, vandyke, silver gelatin), Barry Schmetter (wet plate collodion, carbon, salt), D.B. Stovall (color 4×5), Suzanne Izzo (gum bichromate, vandyke skiagraph), Bill Seelig (large format silver gelatin) and Joshua Dunn (wet plate collodion, digital HDR).

Membership and other information is available at Photogathering