Documentation Day Info

Documenting work is an important part of any artist’s practice. From Getting Your Sh*t Together, an artist-run company/art project by Karen Atkinson, providing resources, technology and solutions created by artists for artists:

“How you document your work determines everything from how it is reproduced in print publications to how it is seen online. Visual documentation will often be the only thing curators, writers, or grant panels will see of your work, and good documentation can mean the difference between getting a grant or securing an exhibition, or being rejected and passed over for opportunities.”

But, it can be expensive! Purchasing proper equipment to do it yourself or hiring a professional can cost in the hundreds, if not thousands. So we are offering Artist Members the use of our equipment and white-walled space to help overcome what can be a significant financial barrier. Starting in April 2019, Artist Members will be able to sign up for a 1.5 hour documentation session, and use Amplify Arts’ camera and lighting equipment to document their 2D or 3D work. We will host one Documentation Day a month, with 4 time slots available. This schedule is subject to change based on usage and demand.

Keep reading for more details about how to sign up for an appointment, and what Amplify Arts does and does not provide during a documentation session.

Reminder: this service is for Artist Members only. To become an Amplify Arts Artist Member, sign up here.

What We Provide:

  • Camera with SD memory card

  • Tripod

  • 2 soft-box lights/stands/bulbs

  • Basic hanging/installation equipment (if you have a piece that is particularly complex to hang, please bring the necessary supplies)

  • Powerpoint guide to shooting 2D/3D work (from Working Artist Wednesdays)

  • Laptop with SD card reader, USB, and HDMI ports

What We Don’t Provide:

  • Transportation of works

  • A photographer

  • Editing services

    • DoSpace computers are equipped with Adobe products, including Photoshop. Membership with DoSpace is free, and they have experts available to help you learn new softwares.

  • Special camera lens filters or lighting screens

  • Image file storage

How to Sign Up:

Members may reserve a time slot on a first come, first serve basis through SignUp Genius. Time slots are 1.5 hours, please arrive 10 minutes early to unload your artworks and sign required paperwork. Upcoming Documentation Days are:

  • Tuesday, July 16th

  • Tuesday, August 20th

  • Tuesday, September 17th

What to Bring:

  • Your work! Bring 4-6 pieces to photograph

    • This is a general guideline. When thinking about the quantity of works you wish to document, please budget time for hanging/installation and uploading image files at the end of your appointment.

  • Flash drive or external hard drive with enough storage to hold large resolution photos


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