Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Touring the darkroom and studio, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in Texas with Keith Carter.
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Keith Carter: You know I am thinking I need to oil my doors. Chris Orwig: (laughter) I like the sound of it.…Keith: I do too. I don't know why.…Keith: Here, let's start with the darkroom. Chris: Okay.…Keith: Now as my colleague, this is a darkroom.…Keith: Do you remember this? Chris: Yes I do.…Keith: I still work in one. Chris: It's exciting to be here.…Keith: You can smell the fixer, sodium thiosulfate, but I work in here three days a…week when I am in town, and I print generally three hours a day, sometimes four.…
And I can keep abreast if I do this on a real schedule like that.…And outside, which I will show you in a minute, we have a digital darkroom,…because the business, even though I am more in the art-oriented area,…the business of art or photography is really digital now. I'm forever having to send…digital files somewhere, reproduction, so on and so forth,…so we do both and I have student workers who work 20 hours a week, several days…Keith: a week here in the studio, two of them. Chris: Okay.…
In this installment, Chris travels to Texas to visit with Keith Carter, a fine art photographer and teacher, and has a conversation with Keith about his work, outlook on art and photography, and suggestion that photographers commit at least two years to a personal project.
The course continues with a pair of portrait shoots. Keith photographs Chris and describes his process and creative decisions along the way. Then the cameras are swapped and Chris creates a portrait of Keith.
Finally, Chris reviews the photography he took, and discusses the gear he used and the lessons he learned while visiting with and photographing Keith.