Photochemical Initiatives: The Artist Run Film Lab


In this six hour workshop, participants will be introduced to the theory & execution of the artist-run film lab, including their history, political climate and the logistics of their operations from the subjective standpoint of the facilitator. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience with several basic film lab procedures, such as printing and processing, as well as two advance techniques originating from the artist run film lab community, namely Ricardo Leite’s eco-friendly photo formulary and Richard Touhy’s “monoflex” process. Finally, films from a variety of artist will be screened, illustrating some of the key concepts of an artist run film lab.

Attending the Workshop

This workshop is being hosted by the Rhode Island School of Design. Anyone not a student of RISD who wishes to attend should contact host Bryan Papciak (bryan|a|

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’ve never worked with motion picture film before. Will that limit my experience?
A: Nope.

Q: I have some film I would like to bring into the workshop to work with. Is this okay?
A: Sure.

Q: I would like to travel to attend the workshop, but I’m not certain if I can afford housing accommodations. Do you offer scholarship?
A: Unfortunately, we do not offer scholarship and because this workshop is taking place abroad, we do not have a pool of volunteers to draw from to help with accommodations. Our best suggestion would be to look into couch surfing.

Q: I missed the opportunity to attend this workshop. Will you be running it again?
A: If the demand exist, absolutely. Send us an email or message requesting it.

Additional Documents

Process Reversal – Persons & Films

Recently, we went about the task of scanning some of our films for an informational section in TIE’s Alternative Measures Monograph. Here are some of the resulting images…

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 Sarah Biagini

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Taylor Dunne

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Kevin Rice

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  Workshops & Experiments

Process Reversal

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Images from Зеркало: Reshaping & Lighting Film Emulsion

A few images from our previous workshop, Зеркало: Reshaping and Lighting Film Emulsion. In this workshop, we explored a variety of techniques for physically and chemically altering the films emulsion, as well as methods of re-photographing the emulsion. You can also check out a video compilation of some of these techniques in our second post here.

Film Emulsion



Preparation of reticulation solution


Bleach-etched and front-lit Kodak 5363

Reticulation Emulsion Transfer

EFKE Stock, Reticulated and Lifted

Reticulation Film Emulsion

Found footage, reticulated and back-lit

Reticulation Film Emulsion

Francis Bacon?

Optical Printing

Optical Printing with the JK

Dye Plating

Dye plated Kodak 7363, front & back lit

Reticulation Film Emulsion

Reticulate found footage, front-lit


Reticulated 16mm optical Soundtrack


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