Workshop: Direct Positive Paper Printing

From September 8, 2014 through September 11, 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at George Eastman House

Learn the chromatype and direct positive salt print processes, two of the earliest photographic paper processes invented by Robert Hunt and Hippolyte Bayard in the 1840s. These rare direct positive techniques were generally used as contact printing processes but can also be made with a camera, given enough exposure.

The chromatype produces beautiful deep orange red positive images but are stabilized, not permanently fixed. They will change over time and turn various shades of blue in the dark or yellow in the sun. Bayard’s process on the other hand makes a salted paper print that is stable if washed correctly. In either case, there is no negative required for either of these techniques.

This workshop includes hands-on instruction in the following techniques:

  • Mixing the chemicals required for both chromatype and direct positive salt print
  • Making a Blanchard Brush
  • Coating paper with sensitive solutions
  • Exposure in contact with botanicals, lace, and similar objects
  • Processing the exposed prints

Each participant will receive a ribbon-tied folio, a complete manual on chromatype and direct positive salt printing with instructions, formulas, and sources, along with selected readings reprinted in facsimile from the George Eastman House research library.

Audience: Limited to eight, this four-day workshop is suitable for art and photography students, educators, advanced fine arts photographers, and anyone else interested in the evolution of photography and handcrafted imagery. No experience necessary.

Tuition: $550/$525 members, plus $50 materials fee. Add an extra day of printing for $150.

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Mon, 09/08/2014 (All day) - Thu, 09/11/2014 (All day)