VAMP is excited to announce its 3rd annual exhibit for the Champaign-Urbana Boneyard Arts Festival. Featuring the work of over 15 artists from the community, the exhibit has a focus on hand-produced black and white prints with supplemental color film works.
VAMP, which stands for Vintage/Analog/Manual Photographers, is a student run organization at the University of Illinois. The group has worked hard to spread an appreciation for classic modes of photography. Starting out as a common meeting place for like-minded artists, it has since expanded greatly to include a fully operational darkroom, community classes in film photography, and exhibits that are all intended to bring the arts to the greater community.
This year, the exhibit has a special focus on the output of Luka Darkroom, a professional darkroom in Urbana. Recently opened by VAMP members Tim Chao and Luke Bial, it is open for use to both club members and the general public. Community artists have been using the darkroom to produce a great of deal prints and some specifically for the show.
Many of the darkroom users have been students of VAMP’s film photography course. An introductory course, students are guided through the entire photographic process, using black and white film, all the way from camera to darkroom to gallery. VAMP is incredibly proud of how much they’ve learned and grown, and is eager to showcase their hard work.
The exhibit is being held at Basil Thai, who has graciously offered not only their space but also an unprecedented amount of creative freedom with it. Fantastic lighting and fantastic food make for the perfect environment to enjoy these photographic works. Drop in between April 18th-28th to view any of these works, and come to the April 19th opening reception from 3:00-6:00 pm to enjoy complimentary Thai Iced Tea and talk with the artists behind the photos.
Vintage/Analog/Manual Photographers (VAMP), founded in 2009, is a student run organization at the University of Illinois. It began as a group of only three students who shared a love for film photography. Now, VAMP has grown into a group of over twenty-five active and passionate members. These members work together and inspire each other to produce photographs that are not only visually beautiful, but also meaningful. Through working together in an open setting, members are able to have their work critiqued by each other, thus teaching them not only the technical aspects, but also the theory of photography.
VAMP typically has two meetings a week; one lecture meeting based on teaching members different aspects of photography, and another weekend meeting to practice what has been taught. In addition, meetings are generally meant to be fun and engage members in getting to know each other. Beginning in 2012, VAMP has incorporated Luka Darkroom into its lesson plan. For the first time, VAMP members are now able to learn actual film development and printing processes. This has greatly expanded the range of possibilities for VAMP members, allowing them to create black and white prints and more.