Alternative Photography: Transfers and Lifts with Louis Riso

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This HOW TO workshop will let you explore your creative side with a camera -- but not in the traditional way! Learn how to take pictures on old instant film and create unique images using transfers and lifts.

The Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI), is excited to present Alternative Photography, a workshop conducted by Louis Riso . This is the final workshop of Summerfest 2011, so you do not want to miss it! Alternative Photography takes place at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art at 338 Lighthouse Avenue. The workshop begins at 4 PM on Thursday, June 30th, and will last until 6 PM. Registration deadline is on June 27th.

Instant-Film image transfers will be made using Fuji 100c film. Instant-Film processes in about a minute or so. When the process is interrupted and the film is pulled apart, the dyes can be transferred to another surface known as the receiver. The receiver being used in this workshop is 100% cotton paper. The unique features of this process, such as color shift and texture, create a distinctive look. This workshop will allow you to create dreamy, layered prints by using the emulsion transfer and lift with instant film.

Sign up for the last HOW-TO Workshop while there is still space! The workshop is free for all COAHSI members, while a $10 material fee is required for other participants.

SummerFest is a series of FREE performances and workshops by Staten Island artists, presented by the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI). SummerFest grants are made possible through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Summerfest is also sponsored by SIBOREALTORS, Pastosa Ravioli of Forest Avenue, Atlantic Salt, DeSantis, Kiefer, Shall & Sarcone LLP, CLR Printing Plus, Brooklyn Brewery, Northfield Foundation, and Mandolin Brothers.

For more information about SUMMERFEST, visit:, or call 718-447-3329 x1003.

The mission of COAHSI is to cultivate a sustainable and diverse cultural community for the people of Staten Island by: 1) making the arts accessible to every member of the community; 2) supporting and building recognition for artistic achievement; 3) providing artists, arts educators, and organizations technical, financial, and social resources to encourage the creation of new work. COAHSI does extensive outreach to communities that are underserved geographically, ethnically, and economically. The organization works hard to impact the arts across all borders.


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