NEW: 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.

Cancellation Policy: Withdrawal from the workshop 30 days before the session start date will receive a refund, minus a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than 30 days before a workshop start date. If the workshop is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, the entire class will be fully refunded. George Eastman House is not responsible for airline ticket cancellation costs or fees. 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 here.  

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, eastaveinn.com. This hotel is within walking distance of the museum. Room rates begin at $119 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.

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