The Beginner Classes are back, and they’re back with a twist. In addition to teaching you the basic craft of black and white film development, we’re assigning students stories/ articles for De-Bug online and/or print publication. So you get to learn, and you can get published. What?! Sign up for the class by emailing us at email@example.com or going to: http://darkroomatdebug.com/classes/
One of our favorite hometown photographers, Abraham Menor, is back in San Jose with lots of photos from his journey to the Motherland. He spent the holidays in the Philippines and has the photos to prove it. Check out the homeland through his eyes….
“(Taking pictures with film) is very kind of rebellious against the digital age… that’s why I like it”
True words spoken by Molly Gardner, a film student at the Lomography Gallery Store in West Hollywood. Yes, film is still cool! Check out the article here that appeared in Southern California Public Radio….
LA shutterbugs take an analog approach to photography
Outside a storefront in West Hollywood, a crew of photographers – amateurs and professionals alike – fan out to capture the neighborhood on analog film. The group was part of a hands-on workshop devoted to the quirky Lomo cameras, which carry with them their own unpredictable aesthetic, spontaneous approach, and trademarked artistic community that rivals that of the mighty Polaroid. More….
Support our Local Arts!
January 22, 2011 through March 31, 2011
Opening reception: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 4 – 6pm
Center for Photographic Art, San Carlos and 9th Streets, Carmel, CA, 93921
Ted Orland, Karen Sinsheimer, and Huntington Witherill have completed the judging for the CPA 2011 Juried Exhibition. From 1290 images from 246 photographers – almost twice as many photographs from half again as many artists as last year – they have chosen 48 images to be exhibited at the CPA’s Sunset Center gallery from January 22 through March 31, 2011. The opening reception will be from 4 to 6 pm on January 22.
It’s the all-about San Jose issue. If you wanna be cool, you gotta have a Debug mag! Many a photographer have come through Darkroom and have gotten published in the mag, online, or even our tv show! Come to our open editorial meetings on Tuesdays at 5:30 at 701 Lenzen to share and hear the stories that need to be told.
my first mag…yah, that’s one of DeBug’s native sons, Nanji. you’ll see him around the Darkroom. Just don’t interrupt him while he’s reading.
Brooks 7th graders addressing social issues through photography
Seventh grade art students at Brooks Middle School are busy putting the finishing touches on photography projects that, in the words of art teacher Josh Gunderlock, “will tell Brooks and the community about what they feel is wrong in the world.”
The unique still-photography projects focus on such topics as bullying, global warming, domestic abuse, recycling and improper behavior in school.
“I wanted them to talk about something they felt was an issue, something that bothered them or something they felt strongly about,” said Gunderlock. “They could tackle any subject as long as they did it responsibly.”
The projects began in September when each student was asked to give some personal thought to possible issues. They were split into teams of 3 to 5 students and each team discussed potential topics, eventually settling on their main theme.
Since then they have been busy making “storyboards” (a visual plan detailing each scene) and shooting hundreds of photos for what will eventually become a 2 to 4 minute video CD put to music.
“One of the groups has already shot around 2,500 pictures,” Gunderlock said, adding it will take a lot of student editing time and effort to produce their video. “Our goal was about 150 photos a day for each group which translates into about 20 seconds worth of video.”
When it’s all said and done, Gunderlock will have somewhere between eight and ten videos, the best of which he hopes to be able to show at school assemblies. Other possibilities include posting the videos to the Brooks website as well as the VVSD Wiki.
“This is stuff that’s usually done at the college level,” Gunderlock said, pointing out that the project has taught students about organization, cooperation and use of technology in addition to exposing them to possible future careers in computer-aided design, photography, acting and movie-making. “The students are doing a great job. Every student has been able to find at least one part of the process that they succeed at.”
Arts Association of the East Bay Exposure Photography Program here at De-Bug
Teacher: Felipe Vasquez, Photos by Tiburon FB!
Check out this story. It shows that when photography is not about the best camera equipment, all we are left with is story and imagination.
Photos by Jean Melesaine. These are some TIGHT images. Beautiful! Check out Jean’s story on SJ Beez….
Current Exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art
110 South Market Street, SJ
“The power of photography lies in part in the ability of the camera to seemingly objectify the world—to selectively frame and focus our attention. This exhibition of modernist photographs and photogravures from the first half of the twentieth century emphasizes the role of the photographer as an eloquent, purposeful observer and as a masterful editor of everyday experience.
Artists represented in this exhibition include Ruth Bernhard, Walker Evans, John Gutmann, André Kertész, Arthur Rothstein, Peter Stackpole, and Weegee, among others.”
Have your photo worn on a shirt! To promote the talent here at De-Bug, we are featuring photographers on shirts in a LIMITED EDITION SERIES called “Framed”. The first of our series is Jean Melesaine, who took this photo at the first Oscar Grant Rally in Oakland, CA. Order your shirt now. ONLY $15!
While Kodak stopped manufacturing this old-skool color film last year, the last of the Kodachrome rolls were processed late last year… Thanks for the memories, Kodachrome! If a roll is still tucked away in your bag or preserved in your fridge, consider yourself one of the Lucky ones.
He’s a local photographer from Newark, CA who does amazing photos of Chicano culture and music. “”I want everyone who has eyes to be able to appreciate my work” Felipe R. Vazquez. This year, he’s shooting with only film after mastering digital for so long. He’s also mentoring youth in a photography program he designed with the Arts Association of the East Bay, a non-profit organization he helped start.
Welcome to the Darkroom at De-Bug. It’s 2011 and we redeveloped our website to celebrate photography and build a community of photographers, especially in the South Bay. We are both a physical space (WE HOUSE THE ONLY COMMUNITY DARKROOM IN THE SOUTH BAY) and a global space of photographers who just love cameras, photography, and the stories that make our images. We hope you can be part of our community too.
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