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Forge Professional Workshop Series: Documenting & Archiving Artwork

  • Akin Lansdowne, Studio 302 87 Wade Avenue Toronto, ON, M6H 1P5 Canada (map)

Wednesday July 5 / 6:30-9:00pm / Akin Lansdowne - 87 Wade Ave, studio 302 / $30 per person / limited seating - get your ticket at

In this workshop, artist and curator Jessica Thalmann will discuss the importance of clear, accurate and striking documentation of artwork. Various technical and logistical issues will be broached while photographing paintings, ceramics, sculptures, installations, performances and various print based media. Artists and creatives will be informed about best photographing practices including, lighting, placement, camera techniques, digital workflow, editing, export settings, and scanning. Archival and cataloguing practices will also be discussed; focusing on data management software, long term storage, preservation and creating and easy catalogue of current inventory to find and locate items.

After providing advice on each of these topics, Thalmann will offer a demonstration on techniques for photographing 2D and 3D media. This workshop is ideal for artists and makers of all skill levels but should have some experience with a digital camera and tripod. Workshop will be followed by a Q&A.

We regret that the building is not wheelchair accessible / Please let us know of any other accessibility needs by emailing at least one week before the event and we will do our best to accommodate you. Thank you.

About the Instructor:
Jessica Thalmann is an artist, curator and educator currently based in Toronto and New York City. She received a MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies from ICP-Bard College and a BFA in Visual Arts from York University. She has worked at the Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto International Film Festival, C Magazine, the Art Gallery of York University and Yossi Milo Gallery. Thalmann has taught at the International Centre for Photography, MacLaren Art Centre, Gallery 44 and City College of New York. She has shown at various venues in Toronto, Vancouver and New York City including the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Flash Forward Festival, Gallery TPW, Hashtag Gallery, Whippersnapper Gallery, Nuit Blanche, the Artist Project, VIVO Media Arts Center, Aperture Foundation, International Centre of Photography, Photoville, Camera Club of New York and Printed Matter’s New York Art Book