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The Karoo Art Hotel was the main venue for the 2020 Analog Festival with
four exhibition spaces. The main shows were those of Roger Ballen ‘Dorps – Platteland’ Exhibition shown in the Lounge and Johan Wilke’s Exhibition in one of the two white room exhibition spaces.
The Dining room being very colorful had the colour images of Obie Oberholzer and Gavin Furlonge as well as Inga Prins, Robert Coene, Adrean Oosthuizen and Simon O’Colleny. The rest of the lounge had B+W photos by Mike Story, Denis De Silva, Ruvan Bosshoff, Janus Boshoff, Gerda Genus, Adie B and Dale Yudelman.
The second White room was a collaborative exhibition space with individual exhibitions by Shawn Wilson, Roger Bosch, Jenny Gordon, Jenny Altcher, Gavin Friend and a few single images by JP and David Harker. Creative works printed on wood were shown by Grada who had once played live in a band at the Hotel a few years earlier but has subsequently passed on.
The Spookhuis belonging to Jonathan Rees is on Van Riebeek Street just along from the Hotel, and it had five exhibition spaces. The main exhibitions were by David Goldblatt, Tim Hopwood and Graham Abbott.
Tim Hopwood occupied the first two rooms with a extensive body of work. He was a
crucial part of the festival team as he had the most experience hanging photographic exhibitions and with some assistance he hung most of the artworks for the whole festival.
The acclaimed and recently deceased David Goldblatt had a room with images from his Springs Exhibition from work done in 1982
The passage between rooms had small works by local photographer Herman Van Wyk and the last room had a group exhibition with works by another local photographer, Anton van Zyl and other works by Rashied Lombard, Paul Weinberg and John Hogg.
This venue has a photographic studio and a B+W Darkroom and is where the Workshops were held during the week-long Festival. The main workshops were Wetplate Photography by Graham Abbott and Cyanotype by Inga Prins. Other workshops held during the festival were :
—> Nude Analog held outdoors in the Tradouws Pass, using 4×5 and 35 mm cameras. Post- production for this was done in the Studio Barn darkroom
—> B+W Developing and Printing where a student was taught to shoot and print their first images on 35mm film through a fund-assisted program and donated an enlarger and timer going forwards.
The Cellar is a spacious new venue on a splendid property along the Huis River that has graciously been offered to us by the Jann Saven for the duration of the 2021 Festival and it will be used for workshops and talks and as an exhibition space.
Graham Abbott hosted the Wetplate workshop over two days at The Studio Barn in Barrydale. The history and theory of wetplate photography and two other films: “Silver and Light” and “Remains of the Day” were shown on day one. On day two the students had a chance to photograph each other, creating a wetplate glass negative and making a positive cyanotype print off their negatives.
Inga Prins hosted the Cyanotype workshop at the Studio Barn using water colour paper coated with a cyanotype coating. The students placed found objects from nature such as leaves, flowers and grasses onto their paper and a sheet of glass on top. The paper was exposed in the sun for 7 min then rinsed with water leaving a vibrant negative image in blue and white.
Anton Robert hosted the one day nude photography workshop by the river in the Tradouw Pass. The students used 35mm and 4×5 Analog cameras to capture long exposures of Bianca the model in a waterfall. Other creative images were the rocks and in the water with reflections.
Graham and David Chamberlain hosted the analog photography darkroom processing and printing workshop at the Studio Barn. The workshop guided students through the black & white process of 35mm and 4×5“ film and the printing of 35 and medium format negatives onto fiber based photographic paper.
The participants learnt the magic of dodging and burning images and choosing the correct grade of paper for your negative.