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Dry mounting

Mounting Handout

(After Caroline Houdek)

What You Need

• Acid free, white, 4 ply mat board (do not use colored or black board)
• Dry Mount Tissue (Color Mount)
• Utility knife with extra new blades
• Cork back ruler, preferably 24" long
• Pencil
• Soft eraser (not the pink kind)

What to Do

1. Turn on the dry-mount press, it takes 15 minutes or more to heat up, and set it to 200º F. Also plug in the tacking iron and set it in it's cradle so it does not burn the table.
2. Gently attach the dry mount tissue to the back center of your photo with the tip of the tacking iron. You are not attaching the whole paper, just tacking it to the back.
3. Trim down your photo (with the dry mount tissue attached) to the size you want.
4. Cut your mat board so there is AT LEAST 3" of border all the way around your photo with an extra 1/2" of space at the bottom of the photo. (Keep in mind a final portfolio looks better if all the mat board is the same size, 14" x 17" is a good size for 8" x 10" prints).
5. Measure where your photo will go on your mat board and lightly and gently mark two places on the top and one side so you can place your photo.
6. Place your photo on the mat board, use a weight on top just make sure you don't scratch the surface of the print. Carefully lift up the edge of your photo and tack the dry-mount tissue (not the photo) to the board on 2 diagonal sides so it is attached to the mat board.
7. Place the photo/mat board face up in the dry mount press between the release paper. Make sure there is an additional piece of mat board on top of it - Also make sure there is no dust/dirt or it will create bumps on your print!
8. Press at 200º F for about 1 and 1/2 minutes.
9. Test your print by bending the mat board slightly, if the photo pops up, re-press it.
10. Put photo under a weight for about 3-5 minutes to cool.

Shots Magazine call for entries

locally published photo magazine, great way to possibly show your work

Walking man project

I found this project that invites participation, check it out and send some photos!
This is the site

double exposure project

a collaborative cross country double exposed roll
see it here

Open Studios

This friday 6-9 pm
check out the blog Juana made!

Extra Credit!

Extra Credit
If you wish to do extra credit, you must pick an artist and date by March 30. By picking a date you are committing to do a presentation.
Available dates are April 6, 13, 20 and 27. Your presentation will take place at the beginning of class. If you fulfill all the parameters, it will add 3% to your overall grade.

Artist Presentation
• 10 minutes in length-this means no longer and no shorter, practice to make sure you can hit ten minutes, +- 30 seconds
• You should show a minimum of 20 images of the artists work.
• Keep it simple, use a black background for the slides, use minimal title slides, we want to hear you tell the story while we look at pictures. Image title captions are good. No bonus points for fancy titles or animations.
• Image quality is important, your images should be 100 ppi and 1000 pixels on the longest side.
• You will also turn in a copy of the powerpoint to me that I can put on the blog.

You will research an artist from the artist list that will be part of this post. You may choose an artist who is not on the list, but check with me first. Pick an artist by researching names on the interweb and finding images, wikipedia is also a good tool for basic info and bibliography. If you want a recommendation of an artist you can also check with Juana and I. The best way to create your presentation is with powerpoint, if you dont have access to the program there is a free web based version available at google docs.

In this presentation you will talk about the artist, their work, the process they used to make their work, influences &c. Tell us the core issues in their work, what have they said about their work, what others have said and what they are trying to accomplish.
Most artists have many different bodies of work, it is best to focus on one project or body of work rather than cover the entire breadth of their career.

All the images in the presentation should be at 100ppi and at 1000 pixels on the longest dimension. (I can cover more of the technical details for those who wish)

Most of the art and photo books are in the sub basement of the Wilson Library. You cannot browse but may request books in the online card catalog. You will need to scan from books, scanners are available in several different computer labs on campus.

scanner instructions

computer lab locations
Extra Credit.pdf

An article about Magnum

Magnum is one of the first photo agencies, run as a cooperative it was started by Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson and other famous photojournalists in 1947.
Anyway this is an article about them selling/moving their archive. Mostly it is worth reading for the short history of the cooperative.
more at
Larry Towell


here it is, thanks for your input and effort. Review and comment if necessary.

Lockers and Fact Sheet

Info about the Department and Locker Rentallocker rental.doc

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