Experimental Photography by Petras Saulenas

This workshop is not suitable for online participants

Key-words: conceptual experimental photography, RA4

What to expect?

Practical and conceptual workshop – workshop host will give introduction and instructions, present background and introduce the equipment. Main work will be done by the participant – coming up with their own ideas and creating artworks individually or in groups.


The workshop will consist of 3 main parts: microscopy, large format photography and RA-4 colour reversal process. During the workshop, we will explore and research visual materials using microscopy, and learn large-format photography possibilities and techniques to create unique images using the RA-4 colour reversal process.

Microscopy refers to the art of creating photographs using a microscope. The microscope creates an image called a micrograph. It produces an artistic rendering of the subject. Producing artistic images with the help of a microscope has long been practised, particularly in the 70s. Nowadays, the microscope is more than just a device used for scientific and medical reasons; it has become a new avenue for expressing artistic impressions across a variety of platforms.

Large­format photography has unique features that influence the photographic process and the quality of the resulting image, offering complete control over the entire creative development from fine focus to intentional perspective distortion, and from the depth of field controlled by camera movements to pictures of extraordinary detail and sharpness, greater pictorial control. Large­format photography provides the possibility of creating extraordinarily clear images because of the larger film size.

RA-4 is a standardized chromogenic process used to make colour darkroom prints from a photographic negative. On the other hand, the RA-4 colour reversal process is quite different in the sense it does not use any film negative and allows the photographer to produce a one-off-a-kind colour-positive image straight out of the camera, or any specialized optical device leaving behind no negative from which any additional photographs could be made. The photograph is one of a kind, unique much like an original painting. This sense of rarity is uncommon in photography, being a medium that typically celebrates reproducibility.