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In this innovative, two part photography course, participants will explore the basics of plant-based analogue photography. You will learn the methods of a completely unique technique in darkroom photography – created and refined by Joonas Ahtikallio. Under his guidance you will create beautiful black and white photographs using historical processes, with an ecological twist – his  sustainable developer – consisting of various photo-sensitive plants, vitamin C and soda. The concept of the course is to further understand the relationship between man and nature, and investigate the connection between art and nature. The ​​course is suitable for photographers from different backgrounds, the basics of darkroom work is useful but not necessary.


The first course will take place:
March 11, 2023. 14:00 to 18:00 

March 12, 2023. 11:00 to 15:00
At TYPA. 

The weekend activities will include an introduction to the topic, an analogue darkroom developing demonstration and different photographic paper development techniques. At the end of the course, photographic plants will be planted in the TYPA community garden, to bloom over the summer.

The second course will take place:
September 23, 2023. 14:00 to 18:00
September 24, 2023. 11:00 to 15:00

In the continuation class different exposure we will delve deeper in the plant developing. We work with the results from the first course and refine developers. In the course we will also work with the community garden’s plants from the previous session.

** You can also participate without completing the first class.

Instructor Joonas Ahtikallio is an analogue photographer from Finland. He is a board member of the Jyväskylä Creative Photography Center and teaches analogue and pinhole photography courses. He is currently developing a modern and sustainable plant-based method for developing images. He has been an exchange student in Tartu.

From 22.09.2023 to 26.11.2023, Joonas Ahtikallio’s photo exhibition “Pime aed” (“The Dark Garden”) will also available to view at TYPA gallery. The exhibition works are created using the same ecological method that Ahtikallio teaches as part of his TYPA experimental photography course.


No darkroom experience is needed, however a basic understanding of analogue photography would help, but the teacher can adjust to student’s levels.

To register for the course:
email typa@typa.ee  

indicate whether you are participating in the initial weekend in March, or the continuation course in September, or both.

Price for one course: €80 / €65 for students
Price for both courses: €130 / €110 for students

The course is conducted in English.

The deadline for registration for the first course is March 1, 2023.
The number of places is limited so make sure to reserve early.

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