Getting Over Platinum
with Bill Schwab
June 7 – 12, 2021
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 or palladium 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 in-depth exploration into the wonderful world of gum/platinum printing, a photographic method that takes perhaps the most beautiful and permanent platinum/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.
We will be working first in the palladium process as base levels for printing and then adding gum layers later on with some experimentation with adding cyanotype to the mix as well. However, emphasis will be on building gum layers to compliment the palladium.
Unlike the shorter 3-day workshops usually offered here, this workshop will cover 5 days with a finish and cleanup day at the end. This will give each student more time to further explore the process and refine their technique. 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, this course will get the novice up and running while giving the experienced printer a chance to explore further. It gives the student a chance to work with the process right away without all of the trappings of collecting needed equipment, materials and chemistry.
Your course fee includes your lab fees which will include 15ml of palladium per student. Extra palladium can be purchased at an added fee should the student wish more, but 15 ml is a lot of prints and should cover the course. All other chemistry will be provided including a couple of working negatives from your files, prints or negatives to get you started. And, thanks to the good people at Hahnemüle, all paper will be provided as well! We will be printing on their fantastic Platinum Rag paper which is specifically designed for this process and more.
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: 1400.00 (includes all materials , chemistry and paper)
Questions can be addressed via the Contact Page.
When registered, you will receive a letter explaining the how, where, when and why of it all. Lodging/food suggestions as well. We are located in a beautiful part of northern Michigan and will do what we can in making your stay more than just a workshop. We’ll be beginning on the morning of Monday, June 7th at 9:30AM.
***Class size is limited to 5 for space issues and confidence as we are still dealing with health issues even though many are now receiving vaccinations. Currently it will be required that all in attendance wear a mask. Hand sanitizers will be provided.
For all Alternative Process workshops, Bill Schwab
uses the fine papers made by Hahnemühle.