Richard Dunkley’s feature documentary The Silver Footprint celebrates the art of Robin Bell, considered by many to be the finest black and white Master Printer working today.
The film features Robin’s working methods and interviews with top photographers and follows the creation of a major National Portrait Gallery exhibition.
In a ‘Technical Extras’ section Robin shows advanced printing, hand retouching and lab techniques, including making negatives from digital files; indispensable information for both professionals and students.
Iconic photographs from the last half century, printed by Robin, are shown throughout the film, including images by Bill Brandt, Don McCullin, Terry O’Neill, Ernst Haas, Norman Parkinson and many more, including younger generation photographers who work with film.
With the current resurgence of interest in darkroom printing, this film is vital to all photographers who work with and are inspired by the magic of black and white film.
“An important landmark in photography” Black + White Photography Magazine
‘Richard Dunkley’s film is entertaining and informative, well produced and great value. Highly recommended’ Royal Photographic Society
‘Like taking a journey through a who’s who of photography…’
BBC News South
☆☆☆☆☆ This video shows the life and work of a master photographic printer. Anyone not used to Black & White light-sensitive film and paper photography will find this fascinating as it demonstrates how different, challenging and broad these techniques are compared with those used in the digital domain. For people such as myself who have experience of making images in darkrooms it is very inspiring, and made me want to turn off Photoshop and see if my enlarger still works. The simple dodging and burning techniques shown here you’ll probably know already, and that includes Photoshop users. Demonstrations about frames, masks and toning were more new to me. Overall though, I think any photographer of any kind will find this well worth watching, even if you have no intention of one day dipping your fingers into a dev. tank! Amazon Review
Format: Colour, Running time: 70 minutes including extras
Directed and Produced by: Richard Dunkley. All Regions.