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Facilities

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The discovery trail is an educational zone aimed at anyone who is keen to learn and be amazed. This fun trail introduces visitors to the main concepts of photography, covering its basic principles, language and applications. Discover the pioneers of photography and visit a 19th century photographer’s studio. Go inside the camera obscura before observing the properties of light. Examine the inner workings and attributes of vision (such as perspective and unique viewpoint) and learn about its limits (such as persistence of vision and optical illusions). From here, we move on to the language of photography and consider concepts such as viewpoint and framing, which allow the photographer to highlight or remove elements of reality. The trail continues with the publication of photography – press photography, photography in advertising, true-to-life images and those that have been altered for aesthetic, political or commercial purposes.

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Darkroom
What could be more fascinating than discovering through real-life demonstrations the process – and magic - of developing photographs? This outstanding facility allows trainees to put their observations into practice, whether it’s creating photograms, exploring the principle of pinhole cameras or, for older visitors, experimenting with chemigrams and the darkroom processes used by the surrealists. Play around with composition, transparency, different shades of grey and image manipulation and let your creativity run wild!

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Digital laboratory
Our digital laboratory is the perfect companion for the darkroom and allows visitors to learn about technological developments in photography. They can use software to explore “classic” concepts of photography hands-on, such as framing and viewpoint, and improve their understanding of the techniques involved (such as Photoshopping and data transmission) within the broader context of media literacy.

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Learning room
Cut, paste, paint, assemble, imagine, create, photograph – whether it’s training, workshops or taster courses, our learning events are held in a large room in the Museum’s new wing with direct access to the park.

 

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Mobile studio
Experiencing a studio sitting is easy with our mobile studio! This learning facility can be used as part of photography training or other one-off events and gives everyone the chance to participate, learn, discuss, imagine and create quality images in a fun and stimulating environment. With this facility we are able to make up for poor lighting conditions during shooting and make the most of our extensive grounds. A whole new way to explore the Museum!
With thanks to the Walloon Federal Region for its support

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Screening room for learning events
Located at the end of the discovery trail, the screening room for learning events is a smaller version of that found in the collections. It attracts visitors of all ages with a series of interviews focussing on photography techniques, which are updated every 4 months when the temporary exhibitions change. “Framing”, “lighting” and “depth of field” are all terms that can seem abstract but in fact represent a choice or specific intention and as such are integral to the act of taking a photograph.


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