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Thomas Goupille
The Darkroom Masters
The Fresson Workshop
Diamantino Quintas
Roland Dufau
Carlos Barrantes

This is indeed one career within the field of photography, but let us dare to say it: it merits its own exploration. Its function can vary from the production of a simple print, to a true work of art. The masters sign the fine art print next to the photographer.

To print is to interpret, it is far from mechanical: two printers will produce different results from one same image. A little darker here, a little lighter there, adjust the contrasts…

After Gustave le Gray who, in 1855, had already laid the foundations, those who know anything about printing are aware of its strength as a creative tool.

And what of those who keep the pictorial techniques going, with high “added value”: Carbon printing with the Fresson family, Barrantes’ gum bichromate printing, or even (already “vintage”!) Roland Dufau’ Cibachrome or Diamantino Quintas’ black and white.

These masters of printing assert the subjectivity and asperity of what is human.

Defenders of the “Walter Benjaminian” uniqueness, their prints are, as vinyl is to music, the last defence of the object against its dissolution into the digital “flow”.

Film director Thomas Goupille take you on a journey that will help you see that the best days of “the lab” still are yet to come!

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Films in an original magazine…

The Darkroom Rumour is a new kind of editorial encounter that invites you to discover an art that has become a daily practice. It's an audiovisual magazine designed to inspire and to cultivate its practice and its photographic world.

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Here’s to all the men and women who, in their laboratories, unassumingly dedicate themselves to Photographers and to promoting Photography...
- Diamantino Quintas, Hand-printer
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Further exploration

 • LES GRANDS MAÎTRES DU TIRAGE - author : Dominique Gaessler ; 1987 ; Contrejour ; French

• CARBON TRANSFER PRINTING: A STEP-BY-STEP MANUAL, FEATURING CONTEMPORARY CARBON PRINTERS AND THEIR CREATIVE PRACTICE - author : Sandy King, Don Nelson and John Lockhart ; 2019 ; Focal Press

• EDGES - author and photographer : Dolorès Marat ; author : Pascal Bonafoux ; 1996 ; Dewi Lewis Publishing

• 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

• LUCIEN CLERGUE, LES PREMIERS ALBUMS - directed by François Hébel and Christian Lacroix ; 2015 ; exhibition catalogue at the Grand Palais ; Réunion des musées nationaux edition ; in French

• ŒUVRES PHOTOGRAPHIQUES 1968-1992 - artist: Miguel Rio Branco ; 2020 ; Toluca Editions ; Bilingual

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

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

Every month, a selection of reference documentaries,
articles and exclusive interviews...

from €2,49/month

Photography at 24 images per second!

Discover the world of photography through a selection of reference documentaries, original creations, unpublished articles and exclusive interviews.

New films and new articles every month.

Films in an original magazine…

The Darkroom Rumour is a new kind of editorial encounter that invites you to discover an art that has become a daily practice. It's an audiovisual magazine designed to inspire and to cultivate its practice and its photographic world.

Articles and interviews relating to the films

The Darkroom Rumour introduces films, identifies content, proposes themes and focus, links and references, so that you spend more time watching films than choosing them…

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The Darkroom Rumour is available anytime, via streaming, anywhere in the world, on your connected TV, computer, tablet and mobile.

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