Photography is an elemental technique within contemporary artistic practices, it is also a fundamental tool for observational, descriptive and documentation processes. Students at the RIA can experiment with photographic processes, usually involving multiple techniques, and explore issues that are inherent to the medium in relation to their own projects and artistic work.
Students in the photography workshop can work with both analogue and digital equipment. Prints of up to 150cm can be made in the workshop facilities. A digital photography studio enables students to work with digital images at a professional level. There is access to a photo studio with full lighting equipment and a computer room with equipment for printing on a host of different media including paper, plastic, textile fabrics and so on.
Individual introductory courses to the workshops are offered. Lectures pertaining to the area of study are organised continually.
Ongoing course: The Photographic Artist’s Book – Capture and Disseminate
The analogue photo lab
In the analogue photo lab students can develop black-and-white film in formats including 135mm, 120mm, 4×5″ and 8×10″. Black-and-white copies and enlargements can be made in formats up to 13x18cm. The darkroom is designed to handle conventional paper formats up to 50x60cm throughout the entire process. The workshop can be adapted to handle larger formats and roll paper. There are three enlargers in the lab: a Homrish condenser machine, a Chromega diffuser and a Leitz Focomat V35.
The photo studio
In the photo studio there is a two-sided cyclorama, a lighting rig for continuous light, photo studio flashes and various tripods. The Royal Institute of Art provides background paper in white, grey and black. There are studio flashes, Prophoto D4 2400 Air, and three flash heads, umbrellas, bouncers, beauty discs and other equipment, as well as pillar tripods, lamp tripods and giraffe tripods.
SEAL cold laminator for laminating and mounting up to a width of 150cm.
Björn Larsson, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art
- There is analogue photographic equipment for 135mm, 120mm, 4×5″ and 8×10″ film
- Types of cameras: Nikon F, Mamiya 6, Pentax 6×4.5, Mamiya RB, Mamiya RZ, Sinar Norma, Sinar P
- Digital photographic equipment for various sensor sizes is available
- The SLR system is based on Canon’s cameras and lenses, Mark II, Mark IV
- The Hasselblad system is H4D
- A portable studio flash kit from Pro.