I've always been drawn to the arts: drawing and painting as a kid, music composition as a teenager and photography as an adult. I've been very lucky to have some inspirational people around me during my formative years. I owe a terrific debt to my two music teachers from my time at high school for allowing me the freedom to explore my creative side.

My point is, there was indeed a day in the not too distant past when I would have been right in there with them, doing the exact same thing, albeit with a much more civilized and less conspicuous M6 and 50 'Cron (loaded with Tri-X). In fact, for the first...oh, 15 years or so of my photography 'career' I really wanted to be the modern day version of HCB, or Garry Winogrand (or name just about any other mid-century Magnum Photog who did that kind of work).

Before a paper is exposed, the image layer is a clear gelatin matrix holding the light-sensitive silver halides. For gelatin silver prints, these silver halides are typically combinations of silver bromide and silver chloride. Exposure to a negative is typically done with an enlarger, although contact printing was also popular, particularly among amateurs in the early twentieth century and among users of large format cameras.

I recently had a photography exhibition with a small group of photographers. I'd like to take you through the process I went through to prepare and execute this exhibition - it's not as tough as you might think! The photos you'll see throughout this tutorial were either photos of mine that were in the exhibition, or photos taken during the opening.