Malcolm Wilson
Malcolm Wilson

The Digital Darkroom — Getting the Most Out of Your Photographs

May 18 - 21, 2017

The Digital Darkroom workshop, led by Harlan County native Malcolm Wilson, will begin on Thursday, May 18 and end Sunday, May 21. Wilson currently resides in Blackey, Kentucky where he owns and manages Pix and PR, a photography, design and marketing firm. With a unique approach to brand awareness, Wilson's work has garnered regional and national recognition for his diverse client base.

Wilson is the founder/editor/publisher of Humans of Central Appalachia (HOCA), a social media photography/oral history project in the tradition of, while standing apart from, Humans of New York. HOCA is the third largest "Humans of..." project in the United States. Based upon percentages of Facebook page likes, HOCA is also the fastest growing project of its kind in the world. HOCA profiles Appalachians via recorded interviews and black and white photographs and presents them on the HOCA Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram. The mantra of HOCA is, "To hear the honest story of Appalachia, ask an Appalachian. Mountain stories told by those that live them."

Wilson has been shooting photographs for more than 36 years. He worked as a commercial photographer in Cincinnati for 18 years, serving both urban Appalachian organizations as well as high-profile commercial clients.

Arguably, Wilson's most impactful work can be found among the hundreds of thousands of his mages that document life in Appalachia and the Appalachian Mountains. From ministers to musicians, miners to moonshiners and mountains to mushrooms, Wilson has used his vision and his art to ensure that the story of Appalachia and its people gets told, and told truthfully.

In 1991, Wilson became the first photographer selected to exhibit at the Kennedy Center, showing work created as a complementary project to "The Kentucky Cycle," winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama. He also provided the major photography for the critically-acclaimed book, Up from the Mines.

Over 250,000 images from Wilson's early Appalachian documentary work are currently housed in the Appalachian archives of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Cumberland, Kentucky.

The workshop will concentrate on processing your photographs after you have taken them. Participants will also learn to process raw images using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, and HDR processing using both Photomatix and Aurora HDR software. Class size is limited and the workshops fill up quickly.

Participants are encouraged to bring a computer to the workshop.

The cost is $325 and includes meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch, 3 nights lodging, and instruction.

Pine Mountain offers various lodging options. Far House is a large five bedroom cabin which is open to adults only. Laurel House, the School's central building, has six bedrooms which are open to adults only. Hill House, formerly used as the clinic, has three bedrooms upstairs and three bedrooms downstairs. West Wind, the School's dormitory, offers rooms with two beds, three beds (one single and one bunk bed), and four beds (two bunk beds.) The shared men's and women's bathrooms are located on each floor.

Single rooms are available upon request. Linens are furnished.

All buildings at Pine Mountain are smoke-free. Pets, firearms, drugs and alcohol are not permitted on School property.

Meals are served in the Laurel House dining room. When possible, the School serves organic vegetables grown on campus and those purchased from local growers. Vegetarian meals are available upon request.

Advance Deposit
A non-refundable advance deposit of $100.00 is required at the time of registration and will apply to the total cost of your reservations. Lodging is not guaranteed without deposit.

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