Re: alt exhibit
Oh, Don, don't get me started on this....
Oh well, I will.
We've suffered this issue a long time. The class I teach has been called Non-Silver forever and yet I teach iron/silver processes and silver chloride processes. We changed it a couple years ago but it only made it to now in the MSU catalog as Alternative Nonsilver Photography!! Don't ask me why.
In the entry form for the Alternatives show it says "Theme: Alternatives .. All subjects welcome. Images derived from alternative image capture and printing, such as Holga, pinhole and other cameras, photograms, scanograms, holograms, Polaroid transfers, etc. So it was pretty loose to begin with. I only entered mordancaged prints...
But I am very pleased at the number of people from this list that are in the show, regardless of how loose the definition!
As a related issue, another thing people get confused about is Experimental Photography, especially when they are going to buy either one of my books--Alternative Processes Condensed or Experimental Photography Workbook. To many there is no difference. To me it is very clear--APC is all contact printing dimroom UV processes, in EPW it is all enlarging darkroom tungsten stuff. Hence bromoil, essentially what people call an alt process, is in EPW. Even my students when signing up for the Experimental class do not know what it is about.
In May we finally "retired" the huge color print machine in our department. This was a huge decision--parts are becoming unavailable, chemistry is becoming unavailable, and, frankly, there were only maybe 3 students (out of 130 majors) per semester who were color print junkies. You have to run prints through the machine constantly to keep it "seasoned". This now means that I probably will have to revise EPW, chapter by chapter, to include the digital equivalent of what I taught with the color machine! No more direct projection photograms on color paper--infinitely more interesting than BW direct projection. No more paint spattered cliche verres with negatives exposed through--again, far more interesting when the paint spatters act as colored filters to the paper and produce opposite of what you'd expect. On and on. I mourn the loss, though I agreed to it. And, frankly, doing color posterization in the darkroom is infinitely more fun and beautiful than a press of a button in Photoshop. But Camden, who did this in college, and who is also digitally savvy, may disagree :)
Well I think it sucks that inkjet prints are allowed in the Alt. Process