Jeff Cowen 5-day black-and-white analog masterclass in Berlin


5-day black-and-white analog masterclass in Berlin
with photographer Jeff Cowen and Lens Culture publisher Jim Casper

When: August 6-10, 2011
Where: Private studio and custom darkroom of Jeff Cowen, in Berlin
Included: Film processing, work print paper, archival mural-size paper, models
Who: Participation limited to 5 pre-selected photographers
Fee: 1,850 euros
This is an intense, hands-on workshop (marathon) for serious photographers who want to master the best of black-and-white film techniques — and experience the magic of making large mural prints from your own negatives in a custom large-format darkroom specifically designed by Jeff Cowen. Lessons and assignments will include: portraiture, the nude (in studio and in nature), still-life, and street photography in Berlin.
At the end of 5 days, each participant will have several work prints in various genres, plus one archival, museum-quality “master” print (mural size) of one of your images that you will make in the darkroom with Jeff Cowen and his longtime darkroom assistant, Csilla Szabó. Jim Casper will conduct one-on-one portfolio reviews with each photographer, and offer advice about career development, publicity and promotion, international markets, and more.

The masterclass includes lectures and demonstrations on:

• working with natural and studio lighting

• creative collaboration with models

• aesthetic choices while shooting, editing and printing

• developing a personal photographic signature and visual voice in your photography.

Each photographer’s masterclass work will be discussed as part of a group process as well as private sessions regarding editing, shooting, printing and presentation techniques. Each participating photographer is encouraged to bring a portfolio of current work to be reviewed and critiqued, as well.

In addition to shooting, evaluating and printing your own photographs, each day will involve formal and informal talks on various subjects such as:

• photography as a career

• marketing, PR, and international exposure

• developing fruitful relationships with collectors and galleries

• working with book and magazine publishers

• how to break through creative blocks

Developing onsite will be provided for 35mm and 120 film (film to be provided by each photographer). All darkroom supplies, including chemicals, and paper for test prints and one final mural-size museum quality print are included in the cost of the masterclass.
Because we have the luxury of only 5 students and 3 instructors (including Jeff’s darkroom assistant), the class will be tailored onsite to work on the specific issues of the class members.
Interested photographers should send a brief email summarizing your experience, plus 6-10 examples of photographs (JPEGs) and/or links to your work on a website. Photographers who are accepted will pay a non-refundable 50% deposit in advance, with the balance payment due one week before the masterclass.
Please send your letters of inquiries and samples to:

jeffIMG_0031 (2).jpgJeff Cowen in his Berlin studio. Photo © Bálint Meggyesi

jeffIMG_9882.jpgJeff Cowen in his Berlin studio. Photo © Bálint Meggyesi

jeffIMG_0090 (2).jpgJeff Cowen in his Berlin studio. Photo © Bálint Meggyesi

jeffIMG_0004 (2).jpgJeff Cowen in his Berlin studio. Photo © Bálint Meggyesi


Jim Casper, founder and director of Lens Culture (center), at the international portfolio reviews during Stockholm Photography Week, May 2011.

Visit Jeff Cowen’s website for more information about him and his work: Cowen has over 25 years of darkroom experience, including his early work with Larry Clark and Ralph Gibson.