with Bill Schwab
October 8 – 11, 2020
Photostock Workshop –
Cross Village, Michigan
Special thanks to the good people at Hahnemüle USA for their help in sponsoring this workshop!
It has been said that once you see a gum bichromate over platinum print that you’ll never look at a plain platinum print as finished ever again. It gives a depth and color that is unmatched by platinum/palladium printing alone.
Please join me for an introductory class into the wonderful world of gum/platinum printing, a photographic method that takes perhaps the most beautiful and permanent platiunum/palladium process to an even higher level. A hand-made photographic process that involves creating a light sensitive emulsions on fine water color paper and processing it through light and chemistry.
During this workshop, each student will have plenty of one-on-one instruction that will be geared toward each individual’s current capability. The objective is to get people hands-on experience printing which is the best way to learn. Standing around watching an instructor and others print will only get you so far and we want everyone printing on their own as soon as possible.
Although the process can be a bit intimidating in all of its finer details, I’ve developed these short courses to get the novice up and running without having to delve too deeply. It gives the beginner a chance to work with the process right away without all of the trappings of collecting needed equipment, materials and chemistry. In most cases it is enough to hook a participant into delving deeper and will help familiarize them in working in the processor their own. All materials and chemistry are provided including a couple of working negatives from your files, prints or negatives to get you started.
Once registered, I will work with you to get a couple of images digitized and made into negatives for printing during the workshop. We will work together as a group for a very full day of demonstrations and hands-on printing and you will go home at the end with some beautiful prints. And, while not yet necessarily being an expert in the process, you will have enough knowledge to get started your own from a position of experience. This will also help prepare you for other, more advanced classes that I and others run. Consider it a fun way to get started while having a great time with the alchemy of a traditional photographic process.
Some of the topics to be covered in this workshop will include:
- Making Digital Negatives with QTR
- Hand-coating techniques
- Characteristics of different papers
- Contrast control techniques
- Materials suppliers
- Print and negative retouching
- Options for UV light sources
Class Fee: 975.00 (includes all materials and chemistry)
When registered, you will receive a letter explaining the how, where, when and why of it all. We’ll be beginning on the morning of Thursday, October at 9:30AM and I hope you can join us!
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