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The Darkroom Masters | Diamantino Quintas

The Darkroom Masters | Diamantino Quintas

France - 2012 volume icon fr subtitle icon English duration icon 22'
Direction: Thomas Goupille
In his Montrouge laboratory, Diamantino Quintas welcomes the American photographer Tyler Gamble. Together, they seek the right density and contrast for a large format print. From the lab's darkness to daylight, they come and go between the negative and the paper. A gelatin silver print is constructed from myriad touches. It's a demanding craft that relies on many techniques. Diamantino Quintas sheds light on the images photographers bring him until he finds emotion.

Synopsis

In his Montrouge laboratory, Diamantino Quintas welcomes the American photographer Tyler Gamble. Together, they seek the right density and contrast for a large format print. From the lab's darkness to daylight, they come and go between the negative and the paper. A gelatin silver print is constructed from myriad touches. It's a demanding craft that relies on many techniques. Diamantino Quintas sheds light on the images photographers bring him until he finds emotion.

What you will learn in this film…

The large format silver print • The reveal of a grand format photograph, colour and black and white • Retouching with gouache • Research into a large format test strip • A craft laboratory • Stages in making a gelatin silver print • Choosing paper tone • A close relationship between printer and photographer • Correcting the print during exposure • Handling the large format • Taped, flat drying

The large format silver print • The reveal of a grand format photograph, colour and black and white • Retouching with gouache • Research into a large format test strip • A craft laboratory • Stages in making a gelatin silver print • Choosing paper tone • A close relationship between printer and photographer • Correcting the print during exposure • Handling the large format • Taped, flat drying

summary00 : 00  Diamantino, craftsman

summary07 : 35  Large format in close quarters with the photographer

summary14 : 19  “When I'm too emotional, I stop printing.”

summary18 : 36  Drying: total rigour

Often, my prints come from my guts. Sometimes I feel like crying in front of prints, that's when I stop.
Diamantino Quintas
Diamantino Quintas

Film chapters

summary00 : 00  Diamantino, craftsman

summary07 : 35  Large format in close quarters with the photographer

summary14 : 19  “When I'm too emotional, I stop printing.”

summary18 : 36  Drying: total rigour

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Materiel used

DURST HL 2200 enlarger

Bibliography

• LEGACIES: INTERVIEWS WITH MASTERS OF PHOTOGRAPHY FROM DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE - author: Janis Bultman ; 2018 ; Quercus Agrifolia Press

• THE PRINT - authors: Ansel Adams and Robert Baker ; 1995 ; Ansel Adams editions 

• THE PRINT - Time-Life authors ; 1982 ; Little Brown & Co

• THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S MASTER PRINTING COURSE - author: Tim Rudman ; 1994 ; Mitchell Beazley