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Carlos Barrantes | Artist and artisan

France - 2014 fr English 26’
Direction: Thomas Goupille
In his laboratory in Perpignan, Carlos Barrantes has perfectly mastered the art of historical photographic processes, all those monochrome techniques that require incredible precision, specific tools, and a knack. The printer's know-how does not stop there. Carlos also reveals his photographic work, closely linked to the processes he uses. And by observing these variations, we can see how each method tells its story.

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Synopsis

In his laboratory in Perpignan, Carlos Barrantes has perfectly mastered the art of historical photographic processes, all those monochrome techniques that require incredible precision, specific tools, and a knack. The printer's know-how does not stop there. Carlos also reveals his photographic work, closely linked to the processes he uses. And by observing these variations, we can see how each method tells its story.

What you will learn in this film…

Carlos Barrantes' laboratory • The monochrome printing processes at his fingertips • His beginnings in fashion photography• The revelation when he saw a cyanotype for the first time • His apprenticeship developing films • What made him become a printer • The photographs of Carlos Barrantes with various processes • What he sees when he photographs • His favourite cameras • File pre-processing for the duplicate print • The stages of preparing a gum bichromate • Exposure and masking • Printing processes without an enlarger • What makes a good print? • Retouching a duplicate

Carlos Barrantes' laboratory • The monochrome printing processes at his fingertips • His beginnings in fashion photography• The revelation when he saw a cyanotype for the first time • His apprenticeship developing films • What made him become a printer • The photographs of Carlos Barrantes with various processes • What he sees when he photographs • His favourite cameras • File pre-processing for the duplicate print • The stages of preparing a gum bichromate • Exposure and masking • Printing processes without an enlarger • What makes a good print? • Retouching a duplicate

00:00 – Birth of a vocation

06:41 – Every technique tells a story

12:21 – Gum bichromate print

20:50 – The print as a compromise

Film chapters

00:00 – Birth of a vocation

06:41 – Every technique tells a story

12:21 – Gum bichromate print

20:50 – The print as a compromise

I am never an artist when I print. I interpret a mould made by someone else, not me.
- Carlos Barrantes

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Materiel used

Agfa Box • Holga 120S • Hasselblad • Photoshop • Gum bichromate • Pig bristle brush • Contact printer • UV protection glasses • Heat press • Thermometer

Bibliography

• RÉTROSPECTIVE, CARLOS BARRANTES, PHOTOGRAPHE ET TIREUR - 2014 ; Trabucaire editions ; in French

• DICTIONNAIRE DES PHOTOGRAPHES ESPAGNOLS DU XIX AU XXIEME SIÈCLE - 2014 ; La Fabrica ; in French

• UN JOUR PARTONS - 2014 ;  Mai-Photographies ; in French

• PAR DELÀ L’HORIZON - 2009 ; Lunwerg Editores ; in Spanish

• MOUVEMENT - 1999 ;  Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca ; in Spanish