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Sara Imloul | Das Schloss

  • France
  • 2015
  • fr
  • English
  • 25'

On the ground floor of a vast family home, a young photographer shuttles between an antique view camera and a laboratory overflowing with dangerous chemicals. She seems in a state of uncertainty. One shot follows another. Each is a disappointment... Sara Imloul's discovery of the calotype sparked the idea for her first photographic series. Reappropriating this historical process by combining it with personal experiments, she explores a world both mysterious and poetic, which illustrates all the richness of today's photography.

Sara Imloul | Das Schloss
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Synopsis

On the ground floor of a vast family home, a young photographer shuttles between an antique view camera and a laboratory overflowing with dangerous chemicals. She seems in a state of uncertainty. One shot follows another. Each is a disappointment... Sara Imloul's discovery of the calotype sparked the idea for her first photographic series. Reappropriating this historical process by combining it with personal experiments, she explores a world both mysterious and poetic, which illustrates all the richness of today's photography.

What you will find in this film

The photographer in session with her view camera • Preparing scenery and models • Calotype • Work on a paper negative • Sara Imloul's beginnings in photography • Original staging • Potassium ferricyanide treatment • The artist's first calotypes • Her taste for staging • The first shots from Das Schloss series • Close to her models • Her retouching work • What makes a photograph for Sara Imloul

Photography produces a kind of magic you can't control. When that happens, you get the right picture.

Film chapters

summary00:00 Preparing the set

summary06:22 Revelation of the paper negative

summary12:01 Beginnings and positive prints

summary18:07 The veil of time

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Further exploration

NÉGATIFS - artist: Sara Imloul ; author: Jean-Kenta Gaultier ; 2012 ; in coedition with Sara Imloul and Angélique Delabre ; in French

DAS SCHLOSS (LE CHÂTEAU) - artist: Sara Imloul ; author: Michel Gaillot ; 2014 ; Filigranes editions ; in French