Details for this year’s APIS (Alternative Photographic International Symposium) are up on Bostick and Sullivan’s website. Organised and sponsored as usual by the team at B&S, the dates are July 30th through August 1st in Santa Fe.

For a few days, and as part of Photo Santa Fe, photographers, printers and anyone interested in the historical photo processes come together to meet with, and listen to, a wide range of speakers and other like-minded attendees. I’ve been fortunate to hear speak and meet with people such as Dan Burkholder, William Crawford, Mark Nelson, Terry King, Dick Arentz and Dan Welden in the past.

I’ve been twice now, the last being in 2004 when I spoke on the 3-Colour Gum Dichromate process, and on both occasions I came away having met some wonderful people and having learnt a great deal.

This year’s line up of speakers includes Matthew Magruder (wet plate collodion process), Dick Sullivan (carbon transfer process), Seth Irwin (restoration and preservation of photographs and papers), Luther Gerlach (constructing an ultra-large camera for wet plate collodion), Denise Ross (crafting silver gelatin emulsions for paper and film), Stan Klimek (atelier printing for artists and publishers) and Aurelia D’Amore (the legacy of Richard D’Amore).

Further information can be found on Bostick and Sullivan’s website.