Ithaque is a shared darkroom as well as a meeting and exhibition place.
Located in the heart of the Marais district, Ithaque is a double space: one transformed into a darkroom for silver prints, the other for photography exhibitions.
The mission of this hybrid space is to perpetuate the savoir-faire of black and white photography, in a spirit of diversity and dialogue with other modes of artistic expression. To this end, Ithaque welcomes artist-photographers who make their own prints and who are looking for a quiet place, conducive to creation, with all the necessary equipment in the heart of the Marais.
Ithaque is a place of exchange, creation and conviviality that offers exclusive and tailor-made experiences around the atmosphere of a darkroom (private parties, exhibitions, workshops, conferences…). Ithaque is open to the public every Saturday from 2pm to 7pm.
Inaugurated in September 2020, Ithaque was imagined by Alexandre Arminjon, artist and entrepreneur.
Born in 1984, Alexandre Arminjon is a self-taught photographer who uses the camera and alternative processes such as solarization. His interest in spirituality, history and minimalism led him to travel to Greece, Iran and Chile where ancient remains emerge in the middle of timeless desert landscapes.
Alexandre Arminjon has participated in several exhibitions at the Agathe Gaillard Gallery. In 2018, he was one of the fourteen nominees for the Niépce Prize and his work is 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 on his work: www.alexandre-arminjon.com
HOW IT WORKS
Ithaque is inspired by artists’ 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, 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 aimed at photographers who already have a darkroom and a know-how and who wish, for a few weeks or months, to experience a refreshing form of emulation and exchange with another photographer and in another work space in the heart of Paris, in order to perhaps work on new projects, or to question their practice. Ithaque is also interested in young photographers who are less experienced but who have been permanently affected by the darkroom fever.