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Speaker: Phạm Tuấn Ngọc
Date: 13 April 2019
Time: 10am – 5pm
Language: Vietnamese with English translation

In the history of photography, the silver gelatin process is known as a method which makes use of the light-sensitive quality of the materials including films and printing papers coated with a layer of gelatin mixed with halogen silver salts. This process was one of  the most commonly used black and white photographic processes of image-making in the 1890s. Nowadays, as less photographers work in dark rooms (due to the advance of digital printing in the late 20th century), the silver gelatin process is becoming a very specific process only used for artistic photographic works.

We would like to invite you to the upcoming talk and workshop presented by Phạm Tuấn Ngọc (founder and director of NoirFoto) to explore and experience this image-making process. The schedule is as below:

  • PART I – Talk on photography and silver gelatin material


Time: 10am – 12pm
Location: The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre (15 Nguyen U Di Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, HCMC)
Entrance fee: 40,000VND/adult; 30,000VND/student (with ID) and free for children under 16 y.o. 

In this talk with Phạm Tuấn Ngọc, he will share briefly about the history of light-sensitive materials, with a focus on the ‘silver gelatin’ process used in photography, as well as the overview of photography as an art. The talk will also focus on the silver gelatin process in relation to other photographic printing materials, as well as well-known photographers who used this image-making material.


  •  PART II – Workshop on silver gelatin process


Time: 2-5pm
Location: Noirfoto (199bis Nguyen Van Huong Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, HCMC)
Participation fee: 200,000VND/person; maximum 20 people. Registration .

(Please register in the form above and complete participation fee in advance (via bank transfer or pay directly at Noirfoto) to reserve your seat.)

In this afternoon workshop Phạm Tuấn Ngọc will engage participants directly in the silver gelatin process at Noirfoto, equipped with a dark room and a studio dedicated to a community of photography lovers in Saigon. At Noirfoto, you will be toured around the ‘darkroom’ and introduced to equipment, material, chemicals as well as the processing normally taking place at Noirfoto. In this workshop, three participants will be selected randomly to bring 1 negative each, whereby Noirfoto will demonstrate the process of developing B&W negative films.

**Participants of the event allow The Factory and co-organizer (if applicable) to use their images and statements as documentary for the program, for non-commercial purposes such as: archive, press, media, promotion on our website, Facebook etc.