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.

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. 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 $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.

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