2019 St Andrews Photography Festival

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Events 2019

Science and the Birth of Photography

Monday 7th October
17:15-18:00

 

Type of event : Talk

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 

 

Venue:

Martyrs Kirk

St Andrews

 

Cost

FREE

Lisandro Suriel Artist’s Talk 
 

Wednesday 9th October

16:00

Type of event: Talk

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.

 

For more information: https://bit.ly/2zj99M8

 

Image Credit: © Lisandro Suriel

 

Venue:

School V, St Salvators Quad

 

Cost:

FREE

Kit Martin; Shadow Play

Friday 11th October
13:00-14:00

Type of event: Workshop
 

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)

Free but booking is essential.

To book email museumlearning@st-andrews.ac.uk or phone 01334 46 1663

Image Credit: © Kit Martin

Venue:

The Bell Pettigrew Museum,
St Andrews 

 

Cost:

FREE

Kit Martin; Drawing with Light
 

Friday 11th October

15:00-16:00

Type of event: Workshop

 

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)

Free but booking is essential.

To book email museumlearning@st-andrews.ac.uk or phone 01334 46 1663.

Image Credit: © Kit Martin  

 

Venue:

Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History

 

Cost:

FREE

Photogenic Drawing Workshop

Saturday 12th October
13:00-15:00

Type of event: Workshop


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.

Limited availability. 
 

Image Credit: © Rachel Nordstrom 

Venue:

BID St Andrews Community room. 
42 South Street. Across from the Byre courtyard

 

 

Cost

£12

(+ booking Fee)

St Andrews Observatory Tour

Wednesday 16th October
19:00

Type of event: Tour

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
 

Venue:

St Andrews Observatory

 

Cost:

FREE

Scientific Treasures of Special Collections
 

Thursday 17th October
16:00-17:00

Type of event: Show and Tell 

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 

Venue:

Martrys Kirk Reading Room 

 

Cost:

FREE

Martin Parr in Scotland
 

Tuesday 22nd October
17:15-18:15

Type of event: Talk 


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

© Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

Venue:

School III, St Salvators Quad

 

Cost:

FREE

Victorian Tintype Studio

Thursday 24th October 
10:00-16:00

Type of event: Demonstration/ Portrait

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. 

Image Credit: © Image courtesy of University of St Andrews Library : 2015-6-2

Venue:

BID St Andrews Community room. 
42 South Street. Across from the Byre courtyard

 

Cost:

£20/Portrait

(pay cash on the day)

Capturing the Light

Thursday 24th October 
18:30-19:30

Type of Event: Talk 

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?

 

Venue:

Martyrs Kirk

St Andrews

 

Cost

FREE

Daguerreotype
Workshop

Friday- Sunday 25th-27th October
09:30-16:30

Type of event: Three Day Workshop

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
 

Image Credit: © Mike Robinson

Venue:

BID St Andrews Community room. 42 South Street. Across from the Byre courtyard

 

Cost:

$1250(USD)

Wunder der Schöpfung (1926) and Herschel 36

Saturday 26th October
19:00-21:00

Type of event: Performance

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.

Image Credit

Venue:

The Byre Theatre, St Andrews

 

Cost:

FREE