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Gene LaughterGene Laughter is a fine art photographer specializing in the bromoil process and has been the winner of numerous awards in photography shows at the local, regional and national levels. He has been a participant in group and solo art shows and exhibitions in both the United States and Great Britain.
Laughter's photographic work has been published in Richmond Arts, Photo Art International, Amateur Photography, View Camera and Camera and Darkroom magazines.
Laughter teaches workshops in the bromoil process at his studio, The Bromoil Factory, at Plant Zero Art Center in Richmond, Virginia. He has also taught bromoil workshops at Bostic and Sullivan in Santa Fe, NM, The College of Santa Fe in Santa Fe, NM, Palomar College in San Marcos, CA, Longwood College in Farmville, VA, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Wilmington, NC.
Gene Laughter is the author of "Bromoil 101, a working manual on the bromoil process", and wrote the chapter on bromoil in the book, "New Dimensions in Photographic Processes" published in December 2000 by Focal Press. His work was featured in the book, "Hand Colouring and Alternative Photographic Processes" published by Rotovision in 2002. He was a contributing writer for Alternative Photography Review and is the producer of the videotape, Beginners and Advanced Bromoil Inking.
Laughter is the founder and past president of the Photographic Arts Network of Virginia, an honorary member of the Bromoil Circle of Great Britain, a member of the Virginia Society for Photographic Art and is a member of the International Society of Bromoilists.
He was chairman of the Bromoil Section, as well as a demonstrator and speaker, at the Alternative Photography International Symposium held at the College of Santa Fe, NM in 1999 and again served in the same capacities at A.P.I.S. in 2001.
Gene Laughter is chairman and founder of Hopperfest, an annual meeting of international bromoilists.
Help Along the Way …
In my quest to learn the bromoil process and transfer, I was helped along the way by David Lewis, Maija McDougal, Norman Gryspeerdt, Gilbert Hooper, Ken Hill, Ernest Theisen … and, by my experiences with my bromoil students – I learned from each of them!
I have been asked about my greatest bromoil achievements. It’s quite simple. It is the work of my former students, most of which have become lasting friends. I look on their work in total awe and with great pride!
My favorite vintage bromoil art is the work of Dr. Emil Mayer, Arthur Kales, William Mortensen, Raymond Hanson, Hugo Rudinger, Nelly, G.L. Hawkins, Rudolph Koppitz, Frantisek Dritkol, Gustav Bilande, Edward Bafford and Charles Partington.
Since taking up the bromoil process I have become a serious collector of bromoil prints and literature and a lover of the fascinating history of this small slice of photography and art.
The bromoil process has given me great pleasure -- and so many wonderful friends!!!
(Gene Laughter - 2006)