At 139 Printroom we have noticed a distinct resurgence of interest in analogue photography. Also, that interest doesn’t just come from people of a certain age. I’m increasingly being asked by interested students if they can interview me for their university course work. So I’ve not been too surprised to be asked if I ran workshops. I have taught what are usually termed “Alternative Processes” at university level, so I have decided to put a series of workshops together for anyone interested in the process of making a photographic print. They will be taught on a one to one basis and at the end of the course you will have some prints and negatives worth over £400 and an instruction booklet to take away. A one day printing course is £350. A two day course that includes making digital negatives is £650. If 2 or 3 of you want to attend together please get in touch and I’ll be happy to supply a price.
THE PLATINUM/PALLADIUM PRINT
For many this is the ultimate photographic print. Expensive? yes, but with it’s delicate, broad range of tones and archival permanence it gives added value and is number one for the serious collector. You will be making your own digital negatives to print from but if you have your own large format analogue negatives, that are a bit on the contrasty side, it might be worth bringing them along. You will learn about paper types, the chemicals involved, coating the paper and exposing and developing the print. Again, you will receive an instruction booklet to take away with you.
This is a cameraless workshop. You don’t need to have any previous photographic experience, own a camera or have a proper darkroom. At the end of this workshop you will be able to return home and continue making unique works of art. Technically you will be making Cyanotype Photograms. All is provided, but you might like to bring along a few subjects to experiment with. We also supply an instruction booklet for you to take away. You won’t need the digital negative element for this course so it is just the one day needed.
THE SALT PRINT
This workshop is very similar to the Cyanotype except later in the day you can make some photographs as well. So bring along some large format negatives if you have them. If not, we can produce negatives for you from your digital files. The Salt Print is the oldest photographic printing process, developed by William Henry Fox Talbot in the 1830s. I always get a kick out of taking a photograph on the latest technology, a mobile phone say and then printing it using the oldest method known.