robert Gordon University’s Gray’s School of Art opened new darkroom facilities with state-of-the-art photography equipment, following a donation from the family of professor Michael Pittilo MBE, the university’s former principal and vice-chancellor.
Professor Pittilo, who died aged 55 after a battle with cancer, was principal of the university from 2005-2010 and a keen photographer of the Scottish natural landscape. His wife, Dr Carol Pittilo, visited the facilities to view students using the new darkrooms.
Former Aboyne Academy pupil, Fiona Stephen, from Ballater, presented Dr Pitillo with the first two images produced on the new equipment.
The school, which teaches degree and short courses in commercial photography and photographic and electronic media, recently doubled its darkroom capacity creating an additional black and white darkroom, dedicated colour darkroom and film processing room.
Professor Pittilo’s donation has allowed the school to purchase five state-of-the art colour enlargers, allowing increased numbers of students to work on more complex and professional processes.