Studio News – Autumn 2021

NEW UV LAMP AND VACUUM FRAME

Since moving studios in January 2021, we have been without a UV light source and unable to make any platinum-palladium prints or polymer photogravure plates. The old lamp was far too large for the new space and so we ordered a new unit. Unfortunately the 6 weeks I was told turned into more than 5 months, although at that time I had enough other things going on with the new darkroom build to keep me occupied, but ultimately I was let down.

Enter Jon Cone and his new LED exposure units. We immediately ordered a 22×30″ model with the fastest 4x speed setup and built-in vacuum frame. A few weeks later it’s now up and running in the darkroom and is a wonderful, truly well made piece of equipment and a pleasure to print with. I’ve already calibrated it for platinum-palladium negatives and printed a small portfolio of prints for a client, so the next step will be calibrating it for the polymer photogravure process.

 

WORKSHOPS

Now that I have the new UV lamp and vacuum frame installed, and once I finish calibrating everything, I’m considering offering small (1-3 max.) workshops in both platinum-palladium printing and polymer photogravure. The pandemic has naturally curtailed many of the opportunities for people to learn these processes, and I’ve had an inordinate amount of people asking me if I’m offering classes or private tuition. They will likely take the form of one or two day weekend classes in the studio in NE Minneapolis.

Hopefully MCAD will start offering the polymer photogravure class once again and that I’ll be teaching it there too, but meanwhile, if you’re interested in either process, email me and let me know which you’d prefer –  keith@keithtaylorphoto.com.

 

PROJECTS

Nick Cave’s Notebook

Now that I the darkroom is up and running well, I’m back making prints for photographers both locally, nationally and internationally. In need of a new, quality notebook? Nick Cave is and I make those too, as well as boxes and cases.

If you have a project you think I might be able to help with, email me keith@keithtaylorphoto.com or call +1 (612) 701-9671 (voice and text)

Darkroom Update

This has been a slow week for darkroom construction as we’ve had to wait for city inspectors to sign off on the construction and the electrical wiring, and because of the pandemic these are taking longer than usual.

Inspections

The inspector from the State Department of Labor and Industry (wonderful!) came by for the electrical work and was quickly satisfied. “A darkroom, this should be simple.” 30 seconds later, “OK, cover it up!” But then we had to wait for the building inspector to approve the framing and support as we have a storage area above. He came by a few days later and took a look at the plans. “OK, so you’re building a darkroom, this shouldn’t be a headache.”  A couple of minutes later and he’d signed off too. Now it’s a question of getting the drywall installed and painted, the electricians back in to wire up the outlets and track lighting and the plumber to do the sinks. Simple..

New Studio

 

We’ve moved studios! We left our home of 25 years in south Minneapolis and have moved to the arts district of Northeast Minneapolis. I’ve lived in Northeast since leaving London and coming to America back in 1996 so I’m going to love the short bike or car ride from my home. The area is full of other artists, great restaurants, distilleries and breweries and, importantly, home of Art-A-Whirl, the largest open studio weekend in the country.

Waterbury Building

Situated right at the junction of Broadway Street NE and Central Avenue, the building is home to many small businesses, video editing, tv production and marketing companies.

It’s amazing how many artists I know who are moving studios right now, and I’m sure many of them have the same feelings I do, that the whole process is scary and daunting but also exciting and invigorating. But this has been a whirlwind couple of months; from knowing we had to vacate the old studio to finally moving into the new was exactly 9 weeks.

The new darkroom construction will be finished soon and it won’t be long before we stop packing and unpacking boxes. I’m really looking forward to making prints and portfolio cases once again and, once the pandemic is under control, seeing many of you at the new studio!

Mailing Address

Studio 137
1121, Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 701-9671 voice/text