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Experimental Photographic Methodologies w/ Ecologies artists Dillon DeWaters and Samuel Partal.

Join Ecologies #3 artists Dillon DeWaters and Samuel Partal for a deep dive into experimental photographic processes and methodologies. 

1pm Screening: “Automatism and the Lens” with Dillon DeWaters 

2-4pm Workshop: Samuel Partal will lead participants in a series of exercises altering film and photographs with various non-toxic solutions. The goal of the workshop is to play with the materials of film photography in ways that reveal the hidden workings of one’s images. These experimental techniques will help attendees think about images as objects that, like plant and animal bodies, are the result of complex material processes and possess interior spaces of their own.

***Workshop participants will need to bring in their own already developed film, photographic prints or film that has been shot but not processed. Disposable cameras will be available for purchase for $20 which can be shot on site and used for the workshop. There is a $5 suggested donation for materials costs.

A limited publication by Sam Partal will be given to all workshop participants.

This publication is made possible by a DCLA Premier Grant from Staten Island Arts, with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Samuel Partal is a New York City based photographer from California. He works with a variety of alternative processes and camera-less techniques to make pictures of the post-natural environment.

Dillon DeWaters grew up on Staten Island and lives in Brooklyn. He received his BFA from Arizona State University in 2002 and his MFA from ICP/Bard in 2010, where he was awarded a Director’s Fellowship. In 2012, he received a Tierney Fellowship for his work (Para)MetaNoia. In 2014-2015, he was commissioned to create the Indigo artist’s book for Conveyor’s “Visible Spectrum” series. His artist book Weapon, Shapely, Naked, Wan was published in 2016 by Silent Face Projects. Works have been exhibited in recent years at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City; Galeria Nara Roesler in Sao Paolo, Brazil; Transmitter in Brooklyn; and Foley Gallery, Rubber Factory, and Higher Pictures (uptown), in New York City. He has been working on a series of self-published Risograph zines since 2018, of which there are currently four: Wall of Sleep, Night Ocean, CHAPPY, and High Rock.

His current bodies of work, Anamnesis and Chaosmos, explore both actual and imaginal spaces across various fragile landscapes on Staten Island, through the lens of environmental change in the Anthropocene.

He is a member of the photography faculty at CUNY College of Staten Island and New Jersey City University. For 10 years, from 2010 – 2020, he was the Director of Photography and Imaging at Vik Muniz Studio.


May 06 2023


1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Alice Austen House
Samuel Partal's Workshop

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