Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Master to teach digital printmaking

R. Mac Holbert to conduct workshop next month

Express Staff Writer

Courtesy photo R. Mac Holbert will conduct a Fine Art Digital Workflow Workshop, the first workshop, for the new Contemporary Photography Institute in the Wood River Valley.

Barbi Reed, photographer and owner of Anne Reed Gallery, will conduct a workshop with R. Mac Holbert for the first photography workshop of the Contemporary Photography Institute in the Wood River Valley. The R. Mac Holbert's Fine Art Digital Workflow Workshop will take place Friday, Nov. 12, through Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Wood River Community YMCA in Ketchum.

The workshop is designed to take digital printmaking and digital imaging skills to another level. Reed said Holbert has been at the forefront of the digital printing revolution since its inception.

As co-founder and master printer at Nash Editions, the world's first digital printmaking studio dedicated to photography, he has expertise that is sought after in workshops and by individuals for better print making. Reed said Holbert has printed for more top fine-art photographs than anyone else, and is currently an Adobe, X-Rite and Epson alpha tester and principal of Pixel Genius.

"I think Mac is the perfect person to launch the Contemporary Photography Institute," she said. "He's definitely the master in image preparation prior to printing. I'm also thrilled to be able to collaborate with the Wood River Community YMCA, provider of the venue for this first workshop."

A recognized innovator within the industry, Holbert is the author of "Nash Editions Photography" and "Fine Art of Digital Printing" and the DVD series "Nash Editions Master Class."

Actively conducting workshops around the country, Holbert will teach the most effective digital work flow to use with Photoshop as well as the best use of Photoshop's techniques and tools. Reed said attendees will leave the workshop with a finished print and a vastly expanded knowledge of how to enhance and optimize images, even problematic ones.

The workshop will include a lecture with handouts on Friday and will be followed by two full days of instruction. Using attendees' images, which should be e-mailed to Holbert prior to the class, Holbert will teach how best to enhance images prior to printing and how to "rescue" images previously thought not good enough to print. It will not be necessary for attendees to bring computers nor to own the latest Photoshop software; however, familiarity with Photoshop is required.

The Contemporary Photography Institute will stage workshops in Ketchum throughout the year, giving Wood River Valley residents access, without travel expenses, to internationally renowned photographers, as well as highly respected photography teachers. For people requiring accommodations, Contemporary Photography Institute will help locate options at a reduced price.

Class size minimum is 10 people and will not be larger than 12. Acceptance will be on a first-commit basis. For details, call Barbi Reed at 726-6446 or e-mail

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