Photogram Workshops with Ri Anderson & Mary Meade - November 12, 2018

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  • Photograms Workshops
    at Agave Photography

    November 12-13, 10:00am to 2:00pm
    Photograms in 3D Space

    February 11-12, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

    Alcocer (15 minutes outside SMA)

    Signup HERE

    Artists Mary Meade and Ri Anderson will teach two two-day Photogram Workshops this fall at Agave Darkroom in the village of Alcocer (located in the bucolic countryside 15 minutes outside San Miguel de Allende, Mexico).

    Photograms are black-and-white images that are created without cameras by placing objects on photographic paper, exposing them to light, and printing them in a darkroom. In the workshops, students will learn the history of photograms, the basics of exposure, pictorial composition, analogue black-and-white darkroom printing, and advanced darkroom techniques. They will experiment and create bodies of work based on their personal visions. The instructors will guide each person both technically and artistically in the pursuit of their vision.

    The technology of photograms was invented circa 1855. It’s easy to learn and results in stunning, x-ray-like images. The process of making them is creative, surprising, and inspiring. Students may enroll in either or both workshops. No prior darkroom experience is necessary.

    Workshop One: Photograms from Found Objects will take place on Monday and Tuesday, October 15 and 16, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Students will spend time on a nature hike collecting objects to use in their pieces. They will then create photograms in the darkroom, and learn the advanced technique of burning and dodging.

    Workshop Two: Photograms in 3D Space will take place on Monday and Tuesday, November 12 and 13, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Students will choose from a collection of transparent objects to create their photograms. They will work in the darkroom, and learn the advanced technique of solarization.

    Workshop transportation will be provided from and to Office Depot at La Luciérnaga mall 15 minutes before and at end of each class. Note that the classes involve walking outside and using a darkroom in a basement one flight of stairs down from ground level.

    Students are welcome to bring small, translucent objects from home that they would like to incorporate into their photograms, such as bits of fabric, jewelry, and trinkets. They should wear comfortable shoes and clothing and bring a hat, apron, and plastic gloves. Healthy snacks will be provided during the mid-day breaks (please alert the instructors of any dietary restrictions).

    Mary Meade ( is a book designer and fine art photographer who has exhibited her work in Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende. Originally from Michigan, she moved to Mexico in 1996. She earned an MFA from the Instituto Allende, where she fell in love with black-and-white photography. Agave Darkroom is located at her home in Alcocer. Currently, Mary works as a mentor and designer for those embarking on the journey of self-publishing.

    Ri Anderson ( was born in Boston, MA. She received her MFA with a concentration in photography from Massachusetts College of Art. Her fine art photography has been shown at museums and galleries throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and China. She has taught at a variety of universities and schools, including Massachusetts College of Art, the Boston Photo Collaborative, and the DeCordova Museum School, as well as given numerous darkroom, photoshop, technical, and theoretical classes in San Miguel de Allende.

    Tuition (including materials):
    One workshop for USD$100 or two workshops for USD$180. Class size is limited to nine participants. To register, contact Ri at or Mary at

    Cancellation Policy
    Two weeks before date of workshop, there will be a full refund. Cancelation one week before, there will be a 50% refund.

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