In this course students will create hand-coated prints using raw materials and chemistry. We will examine analog printing processes from the dawn of photography-cyanotype, kallitype, platinum/palladium, gum bichromate and salted paper printing. Sessions will include lectures and printing demonstrations followed by darkroom practice. Each week, students will bring in large format negatives, digital negatives, or items to make photograms with lace, botanical specimens, etc., and will have ample opportunity to create prints using these processes. Through guided darkroom sessions, students will create a body of work using an alternative photographic process of their choice. Regularly scheduled critiques will focus on intent, creativity and technical issues of these processes. NOTE: No previous darkroom experience is required. Students who wish to pursue palladium printing beyond the in-class demo will need to purchase additional materials.
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