The advent of digital photography has caused a major change, a development that technical supervisor Roy Taylor closely followed. "We started with very simple digital printers, which made prints that quickly faded. But these days digital prints can be much better conserved than traditional photography.” Nevertheless, older techniques are still available. The Rijksakademie still has photography dark rooms for developing color and black and white film. Taylor sees a renewed interest in analog photography: "There is now a generation who has never worked with a dark room and is curious about it." Uche Okpa-Iroha, for instance, traveled through Africa with an analog Hasselblad camera for his project Invisible Borders. A work of Alberto de Michele, who wanted to capture shavings from scratched lottery cards in the smallest detail, was shot with a view camera.
There is a large daylight and artificial light studio, for film recordings and photography. Residents regularly ask about studio photography and video, in particular about the illumination of an object or a set. Finding the right material for printing also requires specific knowledge. The photography department works together with the graphic workshop, but also the paint laboratory, for example for the casting of photos with epoxy. Experimentation is encouraged, and custom work is important. Roy Taylor: "An artist like Gert-Jan Kocken comes with a 5 gigabyte file, while Hamid El Kanbouhi made a series of pictures with a cell phone. It's great fun to work with artists, and to find a way that suits their work best."