Workshop with Margaret Salmon: An Introduction to the 35mm Movie Camera

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17 June 2018

Intermedia Gallery, CCA
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Courtesy of Margaret Salmon.

Artist Margaret Salmon, who works primarily on 16mm and 35mm film, will lead an introductory demonstration and discussion around the 35mm film camera.

Taking an intuitive and often improvised approach to the camera, Salmon trains her eye on an intimate cast of family, friends and local subjects. Her films are a chronicle of the everyday, of the emotive connections between people, and of their relationship to the worlds they inhabit. Salmon’s most recent works, Mm (2017) and Eglantine (2016) were both shot on 35mm and the medium continues to play a strong role in her practice moving forward. An experienced cinematographer, Salmon has also shot for a number of artists including Aurélien Froment, Ursula Mayer and Luke Fowler and worked on music videos for the musician, Matthew Herbert.

Beginning with a visual presentation to illustrate different approaches and methods, Salmon will go on to teach a practical introduction to the basics of 35mm camera technique, working with an Arri 435, a set of Cooke prime lenses, 400 ft. magazines, battery belt and accessories. The session will cover loading 400 ft. magazines, assembling the camera body, lens and battery, as well as basic operating methods for observational filmmaking on 35mm.

Please note that this workshop will not involve any practical filming exercises with the 35mm camera. Participants don’t need to bring anything, just be prepared to take some notes on the day.

The workshop is now fully booked (all 15 places). The venue has step free access to all floors.

About the artist

Margaret Salmon

Margaret Salmon (b. 1975, New York) lives and works in Glasgow. Her work was the subject of a recent survey exhibition entitled Circle at Tramway, Glasgow (2018), co-produced by LUX Scotland and Tramway and presented in partnership with Glasgow Film Festival. Solo exhibitions of her work have previously been held at institutions including Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (2015); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, USA (2011); Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2007); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2007) and Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2006). Her work has been featured in film festivals and major international survey exhibitions, including the Berlin Biennale (2010) and Venice Biennale (2007). She was the recipient of the inaugural MaxMara Art Prize for Women in 2006.

A new exhibition of work by Margaret Salmon will take place at Dundee Contemporary Arts from 8 December 2018 – 24 February 2019.

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