Carbon Transfer Printing

From November 4, 2013 through November 6, 2013 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at George Eastman House

Unlike silver prints, the carbon print image is formed with the same pigments used for centuries in artists’ oil colors. The key to making carbon prints is a sheet of pigmented gelatin called a “tissue.” These can be purchased, but are expensive and limited to only a handful of colors. In this workshop, you’ll get hands-on experience in how to make carbon prints in any color using watercolors available at your local art store.

Process Historian Mark Osterman teaches participants an easy way to make carbon tissues from scratch in their own homes using common materials and easy-to-make equipment. Exposure, development, and transfer of the carbon image onto fine art papers will also be covered. Vintage carbon prints from the George Eastman House collection will be shown and discussed, and a lecture on the evolution of pigment printing will be featured.

All participants receive a manual with complete instructions in basic carbon tissue making and printing and also vintage articles on the process reprinted from originals in the George Eastman House archives.

Audience: Limited to eight participants, this workshop is suitable for fine arts photographers, students, teachers, and anyone interested in the beautiful potential of this amazing process. No experience necessary.

Tuition: $475/$450 members, plus $60 materials fee, $150 extra day option.

Cancellation Policy: Withdrawal from the workshop two weeks before the session start date will receive a refund, minus a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than two weeks before a workshop start date. If the workshop is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, the entire class will be fully refunded. The Eastman House is not responsible for airline ticket cancellation costs or fees. The Eastman House may take and use images, still or video, for educational and promotional purposes. 

Location and Scheduling: Daily sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Unless otherwise stated, the workshops are held at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. Directions can be found at our website at  

Lodging: Lodging is not included in the cost of the workshop. Participants must make their own arrangements. The host hotel for workshops held at George Eastman House is the East Avenue Inn & Suites, This hotel is within walking distance of the museum. Room rates begin at $99 per night. The East Avenue Inn & Suites also provides transportation to and from the airport. Reservations can be made by calling (800) 559-8039. When calling to make a reservation, please mention you are taking a workshop at George Eastman House to get this special rate.

Location : 900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 · More Information · RTS East Ave. routes 57 & 81; University Ave. route 48.

Hours: Tue - Sat : 10am - 5pm . Sun : 11am - 5pm. · More Information · Buy Tickets

Admission : Adults $14, Seniors (62+) $12, Students (with ID) $5, Children 12 and Under Free · Members Free

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