The Handmade Print: Exploring Historic Photo Processes (six-session workshop)
Go back in time in this six-week workshop exploring historic photographic printing processes. Before digital technology and even before photographic film and factory paper, photographic prints were made by hand, as different light-sensitive solutions were brushed onto paper and exposed with the light of the sun.
You’ll have a chance to explore the historic Cyanotype, Vandyke Brown, and Salt/Albumen printing methods, making photographs by hand using large format negatives or digitally-printed transparencies. Students will coat their own cotton papers and learn to expose and develop their images to produce a final print. The natural variations that arise from the inconsistencies of hand-coating contribute to the truly unique beauty and expressive qualities of these one-of-a-kind prints.
This classroom is accessible by stairs only.
What you will learn in this workshop:
Brief history of alternative photographic processes
How to mix the chemistry and prepare paper with solution
How to expose photograms and negatives in sunlight and UV Exposure Unit
Demonstrations of printing on fabric and gold toning
Several sheets of 100% cotton watercolor or printmaking paper to use for your prints. The paper should be acid-free and non-buffered (neutral pH). Smooth-surfaced papers will result in sharper images. Recommended papers: Fabriano Artistico Hot Press Watercolor (NOT studio), Rives BFK, Arches Hot Press
Large format negatives and/or black-and-white digital images on a flash drive
An apron or smock, safety glasses/goggles, and nitrile or latex gloves (optional, but highly recommended)