Analogue photography


Fotoverkstedet is a workshop for analogue photography run by nine professional artists: Linn Heidi Stokkedal, Klara Sofie Ludvigsen, Nayara Leite, Synne Sofi Bønes, Andrea Urstad Toft, Ingrid Skåland Eriksen, Stephan Gaasand, Marianne Gunderson and Stian Servoss. They have in common that they work professionally with photography, and that darkroom work is an integrated part of their artistic practice. Fotoverkstedet was established in 2017, and it's an organisation offering darkroom space for its members.

Fotoverkstedet received an establishing grant from Bergen Kommune in 2017 and has taken over equipment from the University of Bergen and Bergens Tidende.

Short bios of Fotoverkstedet members:

Klara Sofie Ludvigsen works with analog photography and is part of the darkroom collective Fotoverkstedet. She has been part of Isotop since the darkroom was founded in 2017. Klara Sofie works experimentally in the darkroom, combining and developing different techniques and methods. She sometimes makes handmade prints on a large scale, and is super happy that this is possible at Isotop.

Stian Servoss joined Isotop in May 2021. He is a documentary filmmaker for a living but joined Isotop to work on personal photo projects in the darkroom. Stian documents his professional and personal life, family and friends aiming to collect as many meaningful moments as possible.

Ingrid Skåland Eriksen has been a member of Fotoverkstedet for almost two years. Her work in the darkroom is experimental, both in color and black and white, shot with old cameras or a homemade pinhole camera. Her exposures can take minutes or hours. This slowness is important for Eriksen, as she rather than “taking” pictures, “receives” them. Time, phantasms and adopted memories are recurring points of reference.

Nayara Leite is a Brazilian artist and writer based in Bergen since 2018. In her practice, she mixes analogue photography, performance, text, video and installation. She joined Fotoversktedet in the end of 2020, and she mainly uses the space to develop films and make B&W prints. Nayara shoots both small and medium format, and likes how meditative it is to be in the darkroom.

Linn Heidi Stokkedal is a freelance photographer and experimental art historian working in Bergen. Stokkedal’s minimalist approach and laid back attitude contrast sharply with the seriousness and precision of her technique. She works exclusively with film and does all the developing herself. Using non-posed and non-professional models as the subjects for her portraiture, Stokkedal presents the viewer with raw and seemingly unprocessed images, like poetic bursts of energy. The result is a body of work characterized by quirky compositions and the subtle use of color, with soulfulness and a slightly disturbing inner core. Stokkedal’s deeply personal search for a place to call home.

Fotoverkstedet er et verksted for analogt fotografi som drives av ni profesjonelle kunstnere og kunstfotografer: Linn Heidi Stokkedal, Klara Sofie Ludvigsen, Nayara Leite, Synne Sofi Bønes, Andrea Urstad Toft, Ingrid Skåland Eriksen, Stephan Gaasand, Marianne Gunderson og Stian Servoss. Felles for oss er at vi arbeider profesjonelt med fotografi, og at mørkeromsarbeid er en integrert del av våre kunstnerskap. Fotoverkstedet ble opprettet i 2017, og er en ideell organisasjon som tilbyr mørkerom for sine medlemmer.

Vi har mottatt støtte til etablering fra Bergen Kommune og overtatt utstyr fra Universitetet i Bergen og Bergens Tidende.