Presentation

The Place/Concept

Ithaque is a shared darkroom as well as a gathering and exhibition space.

Located in the heart of the Parisian neighborhood of the Marais, Ithaque consists of a double space: one transformed into a laboratory for silver prints, the other intended to host photography exhibitions.

The mission of this hybrid place is to perpetuate the know-how related to black and white silver photography, in a spirit of diversity and dialogue with other forms of artistic expression.
For this purpose, Ithaque welcomes artists-photographers who make their own prints and who are looking for a quiet place, favorable to creation, and with all the necessary equipment in the heart of the Marais.

Ithaque presents itself as a place of exchange, creation and conviviality that offers exclusive and tailor-made experiences around the atmosphere of a darkroom (private events, exhibitions, workshops, conferences) Ithaque is open to the public on Thursdays from 7pm to 10pm.

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History

Opened in September 2020, Ithaque was conceived by Alexandre Arminjon, artist and entrepreneur.

Born in 1984, Alexandre Arminjon is a self-taught photographer adept of the photographic darkroom and alternative processes such as solarization. His interest in spirituality, history and minimalism, leads him to travel to Greece, Iran and Chile where ancient vestiges emerge in the middle of desert and timeless landscapes.

Alexandre Arminjon has participated in several exhibitions at the Galerie Agathe Gaillard. In 2008, he was part of the fourteen artists nominated for the Niépce Prize, and his works are now in the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Alexandre is also a member of the board of directors of the association Gens d’Images. For more information about his work: www.alexandre-arminjon.com

Functioning

Ithaca’s functioning is inspired by artist residencies and operates on the principle of invitation. Any artist-photographer wishing to devote himself to the printing of his images can submit a request to Ithaque (info@ithaque-paris.fr) explaining his project, presenting his work and specifying the desired duration of his residency (a minimum of two weeks is required).

Ithaque has two workstations allowing two photographers to produce their prints simultaneously: one equipped with a 20×25 enlarger and the other with a 4×5” enlarger.

Ithaque is primarily intended for photographers who already have a darkroom and a know-how and wish, for a few weeks or months, to experience a refreshing form of emulation and exchange with another photographer and in another place of work in the center of Paris, perhaps to work on new projects, or to question their practice. Ithaque is also interested in young, less experienced photographers who have been touched in a lasting way by the darkroom virus.