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HiFi/LoFi: 4×5 to Toy Camera

Every film format has its unique qualities and capabilities. HiFi/LoFi is a 6 week workshop offering students the opportunity to explore the distinct visual possibilities and limitations inherent in both large format and Holga Toy camera image making. Students will begin the course with an introduction to both formats, covering camera function and control, metering, film processing and printing. Through this hands on experience students will discover where each format excels. No film based photographic experience is necessary though a basic understanding of camera function and control is helpful. Cameras and equipment will be provided for use during class hours. Students will be responsible for providing film and photographic paper.


*Tuition includes a $35.00 Equipment Fee


To participate in this class, student must be 18 years of age or the minimum of a high school graduate (or the equivalent).

About the instructor: William Franson

William Franson has studied and been involved in art since childhood. He studied photography at the Art Institute of Boston, The Center for Photography in Woodstock, New York, the International Center for Photography in Manhattan, and earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Calvin College in Michigan. A self-employed editorial/corporate and fine art photographer, Bill has worked for many of Boston’s medical institutions including: Harvard Medical School, the Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Children’s Hospital. His list of exhibitions is extensive with work shown in numerous galleries, including: the Flash Forward Festival, Boston; the Lamont Gallery at Philips Exeter Academy; Center Art Gallery at Calvin College; the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA; the Center for Photography at Woodstock in NY; the Ashford Warburg Gallery in NY; and the Firehouse Gallery in Newburyport, MA. Bill’s work has been recognized by the Danforth Museum for excellence in the New England Region and he has earned numerous awards from the Texas Photographic Society National Competition and participated in several statewide traveling exhibitions there. Bill’s work resides in both institutional and private collections and he is currently represented by Rafius-Fane Gallery.

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Please note: NESOP’s evening workshops do not fall under the scope of the school’s accreditation, and so they are not accredited by ACCSC.