Dr Stephanie O’Rourke, Lecturer in the History of Photography at the University of St Andrews and Rachel Nordstrom, Photographic Collections Manager at the University Library, Special Collections will deliver an introductory lecture on the birth of photography and the importance of scientific experimentation through the earliest years of the medium.
Image credit: Image courtesy University of St Andrews Library: ALB-8-11
Lisandro Suriel is a surrealist photographer born and raised in Saint Martin, an island in the Dutch Caribbean, whose work uses fiction and dreamscapes. Initially studying at the Academy of Art in The Hague, he received his Masters in Artistic Research and Art Studies from the University of Amsterdam, with his graduate thesis analysing early 20th-century illustrations of West-Indian mythology in relation to cultural aphasia. His lecture forms part of his 2019/20 Tilting Axis Caribbean Fellowship, on which the School of Art History at the University of St. Andrews is a partner.
How can you make fascinating moving pictures with light and shadows? Discover what a shadow is, then play with light and an array of weird and wonderful objects to create amazing shadow artworks that twist, turn and transform. Photographer Kit Martin will be on hand to guide you. (ages 3-6 years)
Flick on a flashlight and discover the delights of ‘drawing with light’ at this experimental photography session at MUSA. We will provide glow sticks, torches and a photographer to capture your creations, but please feel free to bring any of your own equipment. A perfect pre-fireworks activity! (ages 7 - 12 years)
A workshop geared to teenagers and adults who want to learn the basic chemisty of the earliest paper photographic process, the photogenic drawing. Prepare to get a bit messy and bring along some items or objects for sun printing. (Leaves, lace and feathers work really well.) You will be likely to be able to do 3-5 prints using various salts to get an array of colours in your prints.
The University Observatory is home to a range of telescopes, including the magnificent James Gregory Telescope, the largest in Scotland. The "JGT" is a homegrown telescope, built and designed in St Andrews, that has served astronomers and students for more than half a century. Our tour of the observatory will include a full demonstration of the JGT, including observations of a nebula, if the sky is clear. Observatory Director Aleks Scholz will lead through the tour and talk about the life of an astronomer in St Andrews
The University Library’s Photographic Collections have been curated for teaching and research since the 1840’s. These treasures can be found in loose prints, rare books, manuscript and archive collections. Drawn from these areas, you will be welcomed to a display of some of the most interesting and inquisitive findings. Come along to speak with Rachel Nordstrom, Photographic Collection’s Manager; Luke Gartlan, Art History; and Michael Cowan, Film Studies, as they describe the importance of these treasures.
Image Credit: Courtesy of University of St Andrews Library : ms38081-1-D
Martin Parr is one of Britain's most influential modern photographers. A member of Magnum Photos, his dryly-humoured style of documentary photography work is internationally acclaimed. He has been photographing Scotland and her people for over 25 years and continually finds himself coming back to revisit and explore her landscapes and communities.
Parr will give the Festival previews of his ongoing work in Scotland in advance of his upcoming exhibition at the newly refurbished Aberdeen Art Gallery, which opens in November.
FREE event but booking is essential.
Image Credit: Students during the traditional Pier Walk, St Andrews, Scotland, 2001
Richard Cynan Jones returns for a fourth year to take portraits with the methods, tools and process photographers used in 1860’s. If you are interested, Richard will show you the process from start to finish. Be sure to book in to guarantee your slot, but keep in mind timings can vary depending on light levels and exposure times. Walk-in’s also welcome if time permits.
To book follow the link below and pay cash on the day.
Roger Watson, curator of The Fox Talbot Museum and author of Capturing The Light gives a presentation on the two very different men, Henry Talbot from Wiltshire and Louis Daguerre from Paris. In 1839 these two men, presented very different solutions to one of the major scientific questions of the day: how do you capture light and affix it as an image?
Dr Mike Robinson will offer a three-day course in the daguerreotype process. This is the first ever mercury-based daguerreotype workshop held in Scotland and is a rare opportunity to learn the process in the picturesque birthplace of Scottish Photography. This workshop is hosted jointly by the Fox Talbot Museum and the University of St Andrews.
Bookings can be made at centrydarkroom.com/education
For this live film screening, the acclaimed jazz duo Herschel 36 creates experimental soundscapes that breathe new life into a classic Weimar-era science film. One of the oldest surviving feature-length films about the universe, Wunder der Schöpfung (1926) is also a precursor to later scientific productions such as the television series Cosmos (1980/2014) and recent IMAX films. A compendium of the scientific knowledge of the time, the film takes viewers on an imaginary voyage to the edges of the solar system, reflects on Einstein’s relativity theory, speculates on the possible end of the world, and much more.
The film was produced in the educational department of the same Ufa studio that created such signature Weimar films as Metropolis, The Last Laugh and The Blue Angel.
This is a free but ticketed event. Please contact The Byre Theatre.