Workshop: Photogenic Drawing

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

Learn four variants of William Henry Fox Talbot’s photogenic drawing process. The technique was invented by Talbot in the mid-1830s. It was the very first photographic negative process for contact printing but can also be used with a camera, given enough exposure. Depending on the chemicals used in processing, prints can be made with red, orange, brown, violet, blue, or green tones.

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

  • Mixing the chemicals required for sensitizing and processing
  • Making a Blanchard Brush
  • Coating paper with sensitive solutions
  • Exposure with cameras and in contact with botanicals
  • Fixing in chloride, iodide, bromide, and hypo
  • Processing the exposed prints

Each participant will receive a ribbon-tied folio, a complete manual on photogenic drawing 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 art 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, 05/05/2014 (All day) - Thu, 05/08/2014 (All day)